ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousaf has suspended the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee’s membership of Mufti Qawi after appearing his selfies with model girl Qandeel Baloch on social media.
To further investigate the matter, the case has been handed over to National Ulema and Mashaikh Council.
A notification has been issued on Wednesday which barred Mufti Qawi from attending the Ruet-e-Hilal committee’s meeting and sighting of the Eid Ul Fitr’s moon.
The social media sensation Qandeel Baloch on Monday took internet by storm as she shared a couple of selfies of herself with Mufti Abdul Qawi before ridiculing the cleric on different TV channels.
A selfie shows Baloch posing with Mufti, sitting next to him. The second picture shows Mufti holding a cell phone to his ear and Baloch wearing his hat, standing close to him.
Mufti told Geo News that during an earlier encounter, Baloch had expressed her desire to meet him in Karachi. “She wanted to have a meeting in order to get rid of a magic spell. She put my hat on her head, and took a selfie while I was busy on phone,” he said.
He told that she aslo asked me to arrange her meeting with Imran Khan.
However, Baloch gave a quite different account of the meeting she held with Mufti Qawi. “Why would I ask for a meeting with him…in fact, he had told me during a TV program that he would like to lay his eyes on my face before witnessing the moon of Ramazan,” she said.
“He told me, forget about Imran Khan as he is 65 and too old for me… he said I am 50 years old and an age gap of 25 years between us is not a big deal,” Qandeel Baloch said, breaking out in laughter.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief spokesman Naeemul Haq had also distanced his party from Mufti Qavi. In a tweet on Tuesday, Haq denied that Mufti was head of PTI’s ulema wing. “The head of ulema wing of PTI is Mufti Saeed not Mufti Qawi. PTI dissociates itself completely from Mufti Qawi’s behaviour,” he said.