Press Esc to close
Friday 25 July 2014
News updated at 9:22 PM IST
Weather
Max: 28.5°C
Min : 19.8°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Sunni group says slain Taliban chief Mehsud isn't 'martyr'

Lahore, Nov 9, 2013 (PTI:
FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2009 file photo, Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud, left, is seen during his meeting with media in Sararogha, a Pakistani tribal area of South Waziristan along the Afghanistan border. AP Photo

With some hardline Pakistani politicians referring to slain Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud as a "martyr", an influential Sunni Muslim group has issued a fatwa saying that doing so was against the Quran.

The Sunni Ittehad Council, a conglomeration of over 20 parties of the Barelvi school of thought, issued a statement which said that the decree was given on a query by its president Sahabzada Hamid Raza after some leaders called Mehsud, killed in a US drone strike last week, a martyr.

Leaders of the hardline Jamaat-e-Islami had triggered a controversy by referring to Mehsud as a martyr.


The fatwa said Mehsud was involved in the killing of thousands of innocent people and the fact that he was killed by a drone strike could not purge him of his sins.
It said US drone attacks were the worst kind of cruelty, tyranny and violation of human rights and international laws that had left many men, women and children dead. Drone attacks must be stopped at all costs, the fatwa said.

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) members considered all others except like-minded people as infidels and liable to be killed, which is against the teachings of Quran and Sunnah, the fatwa further said.

The TTP also disowns the Constitution, in whose formulation clerics and religious scholars of all schools of thought had a role, and that also qualified Mehsud to be called a traitor, it said.

The fatwa was signed by the head of the Council's Ulema Board Allama Sharif Rizvi and some other members.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Army Chief General Bikram Singh paying homage to Kargil war martyrs at their memorial...

Army Chief General Bikram Singh paying homage to Kargil war martyrs at their memorial...

Indian Muslims hold placards during a protest against Israel's attack on Gaza...

Indian Muslims hold placards during a protest against Israel's attack on Gaza...

Lyricist and MP Javed Akhtar and BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj...

Lyricist and MP Javed Akhtar and BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj...

Muslims offering Jumat-ul-Vida prayers at Badi Chaupad near...

Muslims offering Jumat-ul-Vida prayers at Badi Chaupad near...

England's Jason Kenny, left, leads Australia's Matthew Glaetzer, during the...

England's Jason Kenny, left, leads Australia's Matthew Glaetzer, during the...

Scotland's Ross Murdoch wipes away tears after...

Scotland's Ross Murdoch wipes away tears after...

Ross Murdoch of Scotland reacts after winning the men's 200m ...

Ross Murdoch of Scotland reacts after winning the men's 200m ...

India's Manpreet Singh dives for the ball during his side's field hockey match...

India's Manpreet Singh dives for the ball during his side's field hockey match...

India's Gold medal winner Sukhen Dey and Bronze medal winner Ganesh Mali pose after...

India's Gold medal winner Sukhen Dey and Bronze medal winner Ganesh Mali pose after...

India's gold medalist Sanjita Khumukcham and compatriot silver medallist...

India's gold medalist Sanjita Khumukcham and compatriot silver medallist...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523