Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain on Tuesday unveiled a book containing the fatwa of nearly 2,000 religious scholars of different schools of thought that seeks to address a “host of challenges posed by growing sectarianism, extremism and terrorism,” according to media reports .
According to the gist of the fatwa, religious scholars converged on the point that it was the state which only can declare Jihad, Ary News reported.
“No group or party has right to impose its ideology by coercion or at gun point,” the fatwa says, adding declaration of Jihad by individuals or groups against state as well as security personnel is un-Islamic and constituted an act of treason.
Speaking at the launching ceremony of the fatwa book “Paigham-e-Pakistan” in Islamabad, Hussain said issuance of a unanimous narrative through consultations was a step in the right direction and it would go a long way in projecting soft and positive image of Pakistan in the comity of nations.
He expressed optimism that the unanimous fatwa (decree) issued by religious scholars representing different schools of thought would help address the challenges posed by “extremism and terrorism.”
The president said this would also highlight the fact “Islam is a religion of peace, brotherhood, tolerance and co-existence.”
The true teachings of Islam have been weaved into the counter-terrorism narrative, he stressed.
Speaking on the occasion, Leader of House in the Senate Raja Zafar ul Haq emphasized the need for national solidarity to rectify inadequacies of the system.
“Our valiant armed forces, administration and people rendered unrivaled sacrifices in dismantling the scourge of terrorism,” he said.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said a unanimous narrative by the Ulema against terrorism was evidence that the nation was committed to root out the scourge of terrorism and extremism from the country.
Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal emphasized the need for promoting unity and solidarity among “our ranks” to achieve a bright future.
He said efforts to combat terrorism would go waste if the international community did not fulfill its obligations.
He said the international community will have to “listen to the voice of brutalized people of Burma, Palestine and Kashmir.”