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Pak minister says Jehad, Fatwa right of State only

Islamabad, Oct 7 (UNI) Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal has said only the State has the right to declare Jehad and issue Fatwas in an Islamic country and no citizen has the right to call for killing of other citizens.

The minister said those issuing decrees declaring others as non-Muslims on social media would be booked and tried under the Cyber Crime Act, calling upon Ulema to denounce such Fatwas, a report in The News International said today.

Speaking in the National Assembly, Ahsan Iqbal said it was not the right of any individual to issue decrees and declare any person non-Muslim only to do politics in the name of religion. He said doing politics on religious sentiments is a heinous crime.

“No Maulvi of any street has the authority to declare anybody as non-Muslim,” he said, adding that such Fatwas will spread anarchy. He also called upon the religious leaders to condemn the people issuing Fatwas on social media. “We need to put an end to such trends which can threaten the country’s internal security,” Ahsan Iqbal said.

He maintained that neither anybody holds any franchise of Hubb-e-Allah and Hubb-e-Rasool (Peace Be Upon Him) nor there was any contractor for issuing decrees. “We do not need any certificate of Hubb-e-Allah and Hubb-e-Rasool (Peace Be Upon Him) from anybody,” he said. “No Maulvi has the right to issue decrees,” he said.

Ahsan Iqbal said the Constitution is based on Islamic teachings. “It has been enshrined in the Constitution that no law can be enacted against the spirit of Islamic tenets,” he added.