Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Yousaf Wednesday (today) suspended Mufti Abdul Qavi’s membership of Ruet-i-Hilal Committee after pictures of him with internet sensation Qandeel Baloch surfaced on social media.
According to Ministry of Religious Affairs spokesperson, said the photos were ‘controversial’, also suspended the mufti’s membership in the National Ulema Mushaekh Council
The matter of Mufti Abdul Qavi’s photos has been referred to National Ulema Mushaekh Council for further procedure, the spokesperson added.
“Qavi will not be allowed to attend meetings of the Ruet-i-Hilal Committee and National Ulema Mushaekh Council until further orders,” the spokesman said.
Earlier, Internet celebrity Qandeel Baloch set the social media on fire after she posted on her facebook page at least three selfies of herself with Mufti Abdul Qavi of the Veena Malik fame.
One of the pictures shows Qandeel Baloch wearing Mufti Abdul Qavi’s signature hat on her head while playfully posing for the picture.
The post shows the Mufti, who is known for his conservative stance on women, in an interesting, if not compromising position.
Talking to Pakistan Today on the telephone, Qandeel Baloch claimed that Mufti Qavi “is hopelessly in love with her” and that he had invited her to his room in Hotel Regent Plaza in Karachi for Iftaari.
“Mufti Qavi is the Qandeel Baloch of Maulvis,” Qandeel Baloch said when asked why she had accepted his invitation to visit him.
She said that Mufti Qavi had been persuading her since quite some time to meet, adding that the religious scholar had publicly professed his likeness for her. “I am hoping that Mufti Qavi will formally propose to me in our next meeting,” she said.