Many leaders joined the protest against the demolition of Juma Masjid in Peshawar.
Protests have started against the demolition of the dilapidated Juma Masjid in Peshawar, Pakistan. The mayor of the city and the heads of several taluks are opposing the plan of the district administration. He has announced his support to the Masjid Security Committee. The district administration wants to build a market or a commercial building on the land of the mosque.
According to the information received from the sources, a dispute has arisen regarding the plan to demolish the mosque. Peshawar Mayor Haji Zubair Ali has said that the district administration should not get involved in the Juma Masjid controversy. He is not in favor of confrontation between the public and the administration. His statement comes at a time when the Peshawar district administration is planning to demolish the Jumat Masjid due to its dilapidated condition. Dawn quoted Haji Zubair Ali as saying that the district administration should avoid any interference in the Jumat Masjid case. He said that all possible measures would be taken to prevent its collapse. Peshawar Metropolitan Government land will not be allowed to be used for any other purpose. On the other hand, JUI-F leader Amanullah Haqqani has said that after the demolition of the mosque, the land will not be allowed to be used for market or commercial purposes. Haqqani said that the district administration had earlier announced that the plaza would not be constructed at the site of the mosque, but later said that the land would be used for commercial purposes. Haqqani warned the district administration that if the mosque was demolished, the district administration would be responsible for the consequences.