A total of sixteen Ulema of the Deobandi school of thought from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) have signed a fatwa terming the terror attacks in Pakistan “haraam” and declared them unlawful.
According to the fatwa (religious decree) signed by the Ulema, there are clarifications on questions raised in light of controversial statements made by anti-state groups.
The decree says that not everyone has the right to declare Jihad and that those who are killed while protecting the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, such as the police and army personnel, are without a doubt considered martyrs.
The fatwa declared that anyone involved in sedition is considered to be rebelling against the Constitution of Pakistan.
In the past few months, Pakistan has seen an increase in terrorist attacks after a ceasefire agreement with the banned group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) ended in November.