Pakistan clerics condemn ISIS

2014-10-17 21:04
Security personnel attack Taliban supporters near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. (Noorullah Shirzada, AFP)

Security personnel attack Taliban supporters near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. (Noorullah Shirzada, AFP)

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Islamabad - A leading group of Pakistani clerics on Friday condemned the Islamic State organisation, amid concerns the hardline jihadists could gain a foothold in the militant-plagued nuclear state.

The Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) said the ISIS group, which has declared a "caliphate" in areas it controls in Iraq and Syria, was violating Islamic teaching.

The jihadist movement has committed widespread atrocities in territory under its rule, including mass executions, beheadings and forcing women and girls into slavery.

"Islam and Muslims cannot support the killing of innocent people and destruction of their properties at the hands of ISIS," the PUC said in a statement.

Heartland of groups

"The PUC... appeals to people and youth in Islamic countries to not co-operate with any violent group whose teachings or actions are against the teachings of Islam and Prophet Muhammad."

The PUC call comes as fears grow in Pakistan that the violent call of the ISIS group could find recruits among the country's myriad of Islamist militant groups.

Pakistan has suffered years of bloody attacks at the hands of homegrown Islamist militants, many linked to al-Qaeda.

Leaflets supporting the ISIS organisation have been seen in some parts of the northwest, the heartland of groups like the Pakistani Taliban.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) vowed earlier this month to send fighters to support ISIS jihadists but stopped short of pledging allegiance to the organisation's leader.

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