Renowned scholar Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani Monday issued a fatwa (religious edict) designating any armed action against the state of Pakistan as a “rebellion”, which “is haraam” and outlawed according to Islamic law.
The proscribed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), who was fighting against the Pakistan Army and participating in anti-state operations, “are rebels”, he remarked while virtually addressing the Paigham-e-Pakistan National Conference on ‘Countering Violent Extremism, Radicalism and Hate Speech’.
The edict was also unanimously endorsed by the Ulema and Mashaikh of all schools of thought present at the conference, which was held by the International Islamic University, Islamabad’s Faisal Masjid Campus.
Mufti Taqi Usmani recounted experiences from his meetings in Kabul while heading a team to meet the Afghan Taliban. According to him, they voiced their frustration with the terrorists of the TTP as well.
“Fighting against national security agencies and carrying out anti-state acts come under mutiny and it has nothing to do with Jihad.”
Also present at the occasion was Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal who also gave his opinions on the debate.
“Pakistan was created on the basis of an ideology. As the sole Muslim nuclear nation, Pakistan holds a major role. As a nation, we and our institutions are strong “declared the federal minister.
He also stressed the importance of academics in the fight against extremism and terrorism.
Dr. Qibla Ayaz, chairman of the Council on Islamic Ideology, expressed sorrow for the tragedy at Army Public School in 2014. He said that it has brought the country together around a common cause to counter the threat of terrorism.
With the support of Ulema, Mashaikh and religious experts, he said, the government devised a united strategy in the shape of ‘Paigham-e-Pakistan’ to bridge the communication gap and erase religious divisions for peace and harmony in the nation.
He called for ‘Paigham-e-Pakistan’ to be given a constitutional cover by parliament so that it should be implemented at the grassroots level.
Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Interfaith Harmony and the Middle East, has blamed political instability for the country’s economic collapse.
Ashrafi cautioned reporters about the damaging effects of spreading false information on the business world.
The politician stated that certain people intended to cause turmoil, but the clerics have reaffirmed their commitment to thwart the enemies’ plots to undermine Pakistan’s safety and stability.
Maulana Syed Muhammad Abdul Khabir Azad, chairman of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, claimed that Paigham-e-Pakistan had brought the country together and was “playing a beneficial role in the country’s progress and prosperity.” The Ulema are fighting the enemy’s plans with the Pakistani military and other security forces.
Hamid Saeed Kazmi, a former minister for religious affairs, urged that everyone must work together to catch the “masterminds” responsible for poisoning the minds of today’s youth.
“Paigham-e-Pakistan is giving great effects,” Allama Iftikhar Naqvi stated, “and there is a need for concentrated efforts to promote awareness among people at the nooks and crannies of the nation.”
“We should make determined attempts to bridge the gap between the Ulema of Pakistan and Afghanistan,” Maulana Fazlur Rehman Khalil remarked.