Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

1,800 Pak cler­ics is­sue fatwa against sui­cide bomb­ings

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IS­LAM­ABAD: More than 1,800 Pak­istani Mus­lim cler­ics have is­sued an Is­lamic di­rec­tive, or fatwa, for­bid­ding sui­cide bomb­ings, a book due to be un­veiled by the gov­ern­ment on Tues­day says.

The South Asian na­tion has for years been plagued by vi­o­lence by Is­lamist mil­i­tants who of­ten use sui­cide bombers and preach that their strug­gle is a holy war to im­pose Is­lamic rule.

Sui­cide at­tacks are fre­quently con­demned as fa­nat­i­cal and im­moral, es­pe­cially when civil­ians are killed, but in­sur­gents view the tac­tic as their most ef­fec­tive weapon.

Seek­ing to curb “ter­ror­ism” that has re­sulted in tens of thou­sands of ca­su­al­ties since the early 2000s, the cler­ics de­clared sui­cide bomb­ings to be for­bid­den, or “haraam”.

“This Fatwa pro­vides a strong base for the sta­bil­ity of a mod­er­ate Is­lamic so­ci­ety,” Pak­istan Pres­i­dent Mam­noon Hus­sain wrote in the book. n

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