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MPs welcome Pakistani clerics’ fatwa against suicide attacks

MPs welcome Pakistani clerics’ fatwa against suicide attacks

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Jan 17, 2018 - 18:52

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some Afghan lawmakers on Wednesday welcomed an Islamic directive or fatwainfo-icon issued by hundreds of Pakistani clerics in a book released on Tuesday, borbidding suicide bombings as haram.

However, the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon or lower house members said the fatwa came under US pressure on Pakistaninfo-icon over Islamabad’s role in the war against terrorism.

Pakistani Ulemainfo-icon’s Fatwa on labeling the suicide bombing unlawful but added the move came after externalinfo-icon pressure on Islamabad to do more in fight against terrorism.

More than 1800 renowned Pakistani ulema had signed the fatwa declaring suicide attacks as haram in a book released by the Pakistani government at a ceremony in Islamabad on Tuesday.

Lawmaker Ghulam Farooq Majroh from western Herat province called the fatwa by Pakistani clerics as “a positive move” and claimed it came as a result of US pressure on Islamabad.

He hoped the fatwa would help reduce suicide bombings and terrorist attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistaninfo-icon. He asked scholars of other Muslim countries to issue similar decrees.

Habib Afghan, a Kuchiinfo-icon tribe representative, said the Pakistani Ulema had lately issued the fatwa against suicide bombings and terrorism. He said many precious lives could have been secured had the fitwa been issued some years back.

President Ashraf Ghani has said Islam belongs to all Muslims and Ulema’s fatwa against terrorism is not limited to a certain country or region.

It is pertinent to mention that Pakistan Army Chief Gen. Qamar Bajwa during his visit to Kabul assured President Ghani that Pakistani ulem would issue a fatwa against terrorism in Afghanistan, but Afghan officials say the pledge remains unfulfilled.

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