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‘Religion Of Peace’ Clerics In Pakistan Reject Peace, Embrace Suicide Bombings

In other words, peace and life is bad, war and death is good …

Isaiah 57:21, “‘There is no peace,’ Says my God, ‘for the wicked.'”

By LISA LUNDQUIST, The Long War Journal – “The tortuous path of the Afghan government’s plan for a regional ulema conference that would issue a fatwa condemning suicide attacks reached a new impasse yesterday when the head of Pakistan’s ulema council stated that suicide attacks are permissible. The proposed conference, originally put forward by Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, was agreed to by Pakistan in November, and then hit a series of snags as it was condemned by the Taliban in late December and early January.

The conference, which had been scheduled for January, was postponed; its agenda grew murky, the venue changed from Kabul to various other locations, and its fate became uncertain. It has been termed variously a ‘peace conference’ and a conference on the issue of suicide bombings.

In an interesting twist, last month the Taliban changed their stance from condemning the proposed conference to demanding to take part in it. Reports suggested that Pakistan’s position on the proposed conference mirrored that of the Taliban, which remained steadfastly opposed to a gathering that would potentially outlaw the tactic of suicide bombing. [See LWJ report, Karzai presses for fatwa on suicide attacks.]

Afghan officials have resisted the Taliban’s demand to be included in the conference, suspecting no doubt that the Taliban would subvert the original goal of obtaining a fatwa against suicide bombings, and the event has appeared to be destined for limbo. Meetings between Afghan and Pakistani religious scholars on the proposed conference have reflected division between the two groups, and as of a few weeks ago they had apparently agreed only to hold a joint conference in March on the issue of attacks on civilians, according to Xinhua.

The picture became much clearer yesterday, however, when the head of Pakistan’s ulema council announced that suicide attacks are permitted in Afghanistan so long as US forces remain in the country.

‘Palestine is occupied by Israel, Kashmir by India, and Afghanistan by the US. So if the Muslims don’t have the atomic bomb, they should sacrifice their lives for God,’ Tahir Ashrafi, the head of the Pakistan Ulema Council, told TOLOnews.

Significantly, Ashrafi’s rhetoric on suicide attacks is identical to that of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. In January 2009, the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan released a propaganda tape in which a jihadist said that ‘suicide bombers are the atomic weapons of Muslims.'” Read more.

Suicide Bomber Kills at Least 45 in Pakistan, Officials Say – “A suicide bomb explosion in Pakistan killed 45 and injured more than a hundred in Karachi, senior city official Hashim Raza told Reuters. The attack happened Sunday in a neighborhood dominated by Shiite Muslims in the southern city of Karachi. The bomb exploded outside a Shiite mosque as people were leaving evening prayers, said police official Azhar Iqbal. Men, women and children were among those killed and wounded, he said.” Read more.

  1. coffeeandsleeplessnights
    03/03/2013 at 1:44 PM
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