The renowned scholar Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani declared in a Fatwa (decree) on Monday that any violent activity against the state of Pakistan is prohibited by Islamic law and is therefore a rebellion and haram.
While speaking virtually at the Paigham-e-Pakistan National Conference on Countering Violent Extremism, Radicalism, and Hate Speech hosted by the International Islamic University, Islamabad at its Faisal Masjid Campus in Islamabad he referred to the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) as rebels.
The conference was on the topic of combating hate speech and violent extremism.
The Ulema and Mashaykh of all schools of thought present at the conference likewise unanimously approved the decree.
“Fighting against national security agencies and carrying out anti-state activities come under mutiny and it has nothing to do with Jihad,” he added.
According to Mufti Taqi Usmani, who was leading a delegation at the time of his discussions in Kabul, the Afghan Taliban also voiced their displeasure against the TTP members who are engaging in terrorist actions in Pakistan.
He also suggested that the government give the Paigham-e-Pakistan a constitutional foundation so that it can be put into practice at the local level.