Suicide bombings are 'un-islamic', 1,800 Pakistan clerics issue fatwa
Pakistan has witnessed series of suicide attacks by extremist Islamic groups, who perpetrate violence in the name of jihad, in recent years. Invoking principles of Islam, over 1,800 Muslim clerics in Pakistan have issued a fatwa, forbidding suicide bombings.
Declaring the suicide bombings to be "haraam" (forbidden), the fatwa seeks to curb "terrorism" that has claimed lives of hundreds of people in the last two decades.
Pakistan has drawn widespread criticism for its selective approach in tackling the terrorist menace. US President Donald Trump had recently warned Islamabad of cutting-off all aid if it fails to act against terrorism. Trump had openly criticised Pakistan for not being tough enough in its actions against terrorism.
India has also been accusing Pakistan of its "good terrorist" and "bad terrorist" stance. India has maintained that terrorists sneaking into India through Kashmir get Islamabad's backing. India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has on many occasions asked Pakistan to shun its selective approach in tackling the terrorism problem and act against all terrorists.
Pakistani officials deny frequent US allegations about collaborating with militant Islamist proxies in Afghanistan and India and say vast gains have been made over the past decade against militant outfits such as the Pakistani Taliban, said an HT report.
The book, which terms suicide bombings as "un-Islamic", was prepared by the state-run International Islamic University.