Non-Mus­lims, sec­u­lar­ists killing for­bid­den in Is­lam: Fatwa

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

DHAKA—Bangladeshi cler­ics said Tues­day they have is­sued a fatwa against the killings of mi­nori­ties and sec­u­lar cam­paign­ers in the mainly Mus­lim coun­try, where po­lice have ar­rested over 10,000 peo­ple in a crack­down on mil­i­tancy.

Nearly 50 peo­ple have been killed over the last three years in a wave of grue­some at­tacks tar­get­ing Hin­dus, Chris­tians, Sufi Mus­lims and cam­paign­ers in the mainly Mus­lim coun­try. Many were hacked to death with ma­chetes.

Farid Ud­din Ma­suod, who heads the Coun­cil of Bangladesh Cler­ics, said over 100,000 cler­ics had signed the fatwa, or re­li­gious edict, which will be made pub­lic on June 18.

“The fatwa un­equiv­o­cally said th­ese killings of non-Mus­lims, mi­nori­ties and sec­u­lar ac­tivists are for­bid­den in Is­lam,” he told AFP.

“We´ve said th­ese killings are il­le­gal and are crimes against hu­man­ity,” Ma­suod told AFP.

The an­nounce­ment came as po­lice said they had de­tained 3,115 peo­ple on the fourth day of a na­tion­wide anti-mil­i­tant drive, tak­ing the to­tal num­ber to 11,307.—Agen­cies

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