Religious scholars condemn extremism, terrorism during meeting with army chief
- Web Desk
- Nov 17, 2023
ISLAMABAD: Leading religious scholars and Mashaikh of all schools of thought met with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Syed Asim Munir at the General Headquarters, Rawalpindi on Friday.
During the meeting, they unanimously condemned extremism, terrorism and sectarianism.
They expressed their determination to continue their strong support for the tireless efforts of the state and security forces to bring tolerance, peace and stability to the country.
They said that Islam is a religion of peace and harmony and the distorted interpretations of the religion by certain elements are only for their personal interests which have nothing to do with Islamic teachings.
Religious scholars said that “Islam is a religion of peace and harmony, and the distorted interpretations of the religion by certain elements are only for their personal interests, which have nothing to do with Islamic teachings.”
The army chief appreciated the religious scholars’ fatwa “Paigham-e-Pakistan” to end the misleading propaganda spread by extremists and terrorists.
The army chief urged the Ulama and Mashaikh to propagate and correct the misguided propaganda and do away with internal differences.
Healso pointed out the role of scholars in attracting the youth towards intellectual and technical sciences, as well as the understanding and character-building of Quran and Sunnah.
“Pakistan belongs to all Pakistanis without any religious, provincial, tribal, linguistic, ethnic, communal, or any other distinction, the army chief said.
“The use of force and armed action by any entity or group other than the state is unacceptable,” he said.
The forum unanimously supported the government of Pakistan’s repatriation of illegal aliens, implementation of a document system (passport), anti-trafficking, and measures against hoarding and power theft.
The forum fully supported Pakistan’s position and reservations on terrorism originating from Afghan soil.
The forum urged Afghanistan to take serious steps to address Pakistan’s concerns.
The forum also expressed outrage over the ongoing war in Gaza and the atrocities being committed against innocent Palestinians, describing them as crimes against humanity.