04 Mar '13, 3pm

Head Pakistani cleric backpedals on suicide attacks

In a somewhat startling reversal for the religious leader of a nation, Allama Tahir Ashrafi, the Chairman of Pakistan's Ulema Council, announced yesterday that his recent statement endorsing suicide attacks and other forms of violent jihad in "occupied" Muslim countries was taken out of context and that harming civilians is acceptable to none. It was widely reported that on March 1 Ashrafi stated: "Palestine is occupied by Israel, Kashmir by India and Afghanistan by the US. So if Muslims don't have the atomic bomb, they should sacrifice their lives. We want America to leave the region." [See LWJ report, Pakistani clerics endorse suicide bombings, reject proposed peace conference .] Ashrafi told Pajhwok Afghan News yesterday , however, that "I've never supported suicide attacks that cause civilian casualties in Afghanistan," and he added that such bombings had also been ban...

Full article: http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2013/03/in_a_somew...

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