Govt unveils ‘Paigham-e-Pakistan’ fatwa to counter terrorism

  • Issuance of unanimous fatwa through consultations is a step in the right direction

ISLAMABAD – The government on Tuesday unveiled ‘Paigham-e-Pakistan’ fatwa (decree) to address the challenges of sectarianism, extremism, and terrorism.

Political parties and religious scholars speaking at the unveiling ceremony held at Presidency emphasised on national solidarity and unanimous narrative to fight the terrorism in the country.

According to Radio Pakistan, Manoon Hussain speaking on the occasion said issuance of the unanimous fatwa through consultations is a step in the right direction and it would go a long way in projecting the soft and positive image of Pakistan across the globe.

Leader of House in the Senate Raja Zafar ul Haq called for national unity to rectify inadequacies of the system. He added that common people, armed forces, and administration rendered unmatched sacrifices in this fight.

Speaking to the ceremony, Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said a unanimous narrative showed the resolve of Pakistan to end the extremism and terrorism from the country. He said that war on terror will continue until the end of terrorism.

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal also emphasized the need for promoting unity at all levels in country to achieve a bright future. He highlighted that international community needed to fulfill its obligations in order to make anti-terrorsim successful.

Suicide Attacks Declared Haram

In a major step, more than 1800 clerics from different schools of thoughts in Pakistan have issued a fatwa (decree) where they have declared suicide attacks as ‘haram’ or forbidden.

Details of the fatwa signed by 1829 clerics emerged on Monday. The ruling states that those who commit suicide attacks, those who order such attacks, those who train such people are all considered rebels against the true spirit of Islam, a private news channel reported.

The fatwa further said Pakistan state has the right to act against people who commit such act.

The news channel further reported: “It outlined clearly that the act of waging war and bloodshed in the name of Jihad can only be initiated by the State. Those who impose their viewpoints on by force are responsible for spreading mischief on earth (Fasad fil Arz).”

The fatwa also mentioned that armed conflict in the name of Islamic Law (Shariyat) is forbidden (Haram) in Pakistan.