Pakistan: Ulema Issue Fatwa against Suicide Attacks

News article, posted 03.24.2010, from Pakistan, in:
The Nation
While endorsing the military operation in Malakand Division, Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan Convention Sunday urged the government to keep on fighting against terrorists till their obliteration from the area and establishment of peace there. The convention, presided over by Quaid of Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan Shahbzada Fazl Karim was held at Convention Centre. The ulema expressed solidarity with Pakistan Army and the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of the troubled zone.

They also issued a fatwa (edict) against the suicide attacks saying such attacks are forbidden in Islam and the ongoing military operation in Swat is a war for the survival of the country. They said people involved in murders and desecrations of the holy places have nothing to do with Islam.

They were of the view that those who were cutting the throats of people by raising the slogan of Allah-o-Akbar had no relevance with Islam.