Ulema Board declares suicide attacks haram

LAHORE - Muttahida Ulema Board Punjab has declared suicide attacks haram (illegitimate). "Any person or party involved in suicide attacks have no moral or religious validity or any concern with Islam," says an official statement issued after the meeting of the re-organised Board here on Wednesday. The press release stated that the suicide attacks were illegal anywhere in the world. Condemning all acts of terrorism, the Board demanded the government to identify their root-causes and unveil the hands behind these cowardly acts. Offering its full support to the government on national issues and crises, it also demanded safeguarding of geographic and ideological entities of the country and enforcing Quran and Sunnah in society. Jamia Naeemia's Dr Sarfraz Naeemi, who had chaired the Council meeting on Tuesday, was one of the participants to the Board meeting held with MNA Sahibzada Fazal Karim in the chair. Fazal Karim said the Board would soon organise a larger meeting of ulema to approve a broader agenda. Haji Ehsanuddin Qureshi and Khizar Hayat Gondal, minister and secretary of Auqaf department respectively, Punjab inspector-general Shaukat Javed, home secretary Nadeemul Hasan, Maulana Muhammad Ahmad Ludhianvi, Abdul Jalil Naqvi, Syed Mahfooz Mashhadi, Abdul Rauf and Maulana Yousaf Anwar also attended the meeting. JI condemns loadshedding Jamaat-i-Islami has criticised the present government for employing allegedly worse methods to torture the masses than it was done even by a dictator. Deputy Secretary General JI Farid Ahmad Peracha Wednesday said the government was using every means to bury the nation alive, a practice which, he added, was even not resorted to by any dictator in the past. He said the government was not yet appeased despite putting the people under long hours loadshedding and charging Rs 9 per unit of electricity from the consumers. He said different electricity tariff for the consumers in the day and night time was another measure devised by the government to fleece the public. He said the rulers had totally failed to provide for the masses and in order to cover up their inability to deliver they were now screwing up the masses by various tactics. He said the people were already hard pressed under various problems and the rulers must not invite their wrath to themselves by crushing them further.

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