On Sunday, a conference of religious scholars in Lahore termed jihadi groups, including the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS), Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Boko Haram, and their ideologies, flawed and built around ignorance.

According to the ulemas, such groups are based on poor knowledge of Islam and benefit from the ignorance of the people they use and mislead.

The degree released by Maulana Ziaul Haq, further stated that these groups did not meet the requirements necessary to declare jihad, and were also responsible for spreading “fasad” among different sects, which is not allowed or permitted in Islam.

Similarly, the ulemas also criticised groups and people involved in the killing of health workers and working against the polio immunisation campaign in the northern areas of Pakistan.

According to the decree, people who attack places of worship and target non-muslims are the worst kind of sinners. The ulema have also decided to observe a day of peace and love on the coming Friday, May 22, 2015, when over 400,000 mosques will deliver sermons against the prevalent unlawful killings.

Other initiatives like a movement against terrorism, called Eradicate Terrorism and Save Country will also be organized according to the religious scholars, who will also be approaching the leaders of other countries to seek support.

Another important point raised in the conference was related to the need for international legislation against blasphemy, which is a sensitive issue, particularly in Pakistan.

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