Condemning the Taliban attack on 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai and terming it un-Islamic, Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) Chief Sahabzada Fazal Karim on Tuesday asked the government to launch a decisive military offensive in North Waziristan against Taliban.

Addressing hundreds of participants of a train march who arrived in Rawalpindi from Karachi, Sahabzada Fazal Karim said he not only had strongly condemned the attack on Malala Yousufzai but also drone attacks.

The SIC-organized Tahaffuz-e-Namoos Rasalat (PBUH) train-march, which started from Karachi, culminated in Rawalpindi after a tedious journey of 36 hours.

He was of the opinion that US drone strikes were clear violation of international laws and were also against national sovereignty.

Commenting on anti-Islam film, the religious leader urged the government of Muslim states to make laws against blasphemy. He also asked the government to mobilize Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) members for efforts towards anti-blasphemy legislation.

He was of the opinion that the governments of Muslim countries under-reacted to the acts of blasphemy perpetrated across the world. He also appealed the United Nations (UN) to make legislation in this regard.

He observed, “Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) should meet in Makkah Mukarama or Medina Munawwara to make laws against such profanities.”

Earlier, addressing a large number of supporters at the Lahore Railway Station Fazal Karim termed the opponents of women’s education as enemies of Islam.

If the people of Pakistan demand a military operation against the terrorists the army should go for it, he said adding, but it should refrain from entertaining American interests.  According to him, the train march helped the people understand they should stand up against the scourge of terrorism.

“They have not attacked Malala Yousufzai, a 14-year old education rights activist, who was shot in the head by the Taliban last week, instead they have attacked the whole system,” said he.

He said that conspiracies were being hatched against Islam at international level and the whole world was watching as a silent spectator.

He also expressed concern over law and order in Balochistan, corruption, nepotism and other social issues in the country. He demanded the government take up the profane film issue at international forums so that no one could dare repeat the act in future.

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