ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council Allama Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi Friday strongly condemned the suicide blast at Imambargah in Peshawar, which claimed several innocent lives.
Talking to PTV, he termed the incident as ‘tragic’ and expressed the confidence that the government and law enforcement agencies would soon overcome the menace of terrorism under the National Action Plan (NAP).
He said Ulema from all schools of thought were united to fail nefarious designs of anti-state elements carrying out terrorist activities and wanted to fan sectarianism in the country.
The Ulema Council, he said, after Jumma prayer convened a meeting, attended by Ulema and religious scholars from different schools of thought, and condemned the incident.
He said Ulema reiterated their firm resolve to support the government in implementing the NAP for eliminating terrorism from the country.
Ashrafi said the council was the first that issued a ‘Fatwa’ (religious decree) against terrorism saying that taking lives of innocent people was forbidden in Islam.
He said Islam was the religions of peace, harmony and brother and never allowed anyone to take lives of people by carrying out subversive activities.
Ashrafi highlighted importance of unity among ulema, politicians and all segments of the society to defeat the anti-state elements.