Abdul Qawi is a Pakistani Islamic cleric who has been embroiled in various controversies. He hails from Multan in Punjab, Pakistan. In 2013, he joined the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) political party and served as the president of religious affairs of the party in Punjab. However, due to his involvement in a controversial incident, he was later expelled from the party.
The incident involved Qawi posing for selfies with the late model Qandeel Baloch, which caused a great deal of outrage. It is said that Qawi’s first encounter with Qandeel was on television, where he was invited as a preacher to guide her about Islamic ways regarding her acts on social media. During the program, Qawi requested Qandeel for a meeting, which she eventually agreed to. The two met personally, and Qandeel uploaded a video on social media in which she was sitting close to Qawi with her arm over his shoulder, while he was smoking during Ramadan. This video went viral, and Qawi was criticized for his behavior, leading to his expulsion from the party.
In June 2016, Qawi was suspended from the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee due to his meeting with Qandeel Baloch. Furthermore, he was also nominated in her murder case after her father filed an application and mentioned his name in the First Information Report (FIR). However, he was later released after investigation.
Qawi has also been involved in other controversies, such as his statement on the permissibility of alcohol, where he stated that drink with less than 40% alcohol is halal. This statement was criticized by prominent cleric Mufti Naeem, who dismissed Qawi’s views as not in line with the views of scholars of any other sect.
In January 2021, Qawi was again in the news after social media influencer Hareem Shah claimed that she and her cousin beat him up over his “dirty” and “vulgar” conversation and for “physically harassing” them. As a result of this incident, Qawi’s title of ‘Mufti’ was withdrawn by his uncle Maulana Abdul Wahid.
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