Polish Mufti offers to mediate between extremists and Pak
Last Updated: Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 15:45
  
Islamabad: Terming suicide attacks and violence in the name of religion as 'haram', Poland's Grand Mufti Tomasz Miskiewicz has offered to act as a mediator between religious extremists and Pakistani authorities.

Miskiewicz, the head of Poland's Muslim Religious Union, who visited Pakistan this week, also said Muslims in European countries were facing discrimination and find it difficult to maintain their identity as the global media, taking a cue from the situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan, was painting them as terrorists.

He declared suicide attacks and violence in the name of religion as 'haram' because suicide is forbidden in Islam and killing innocent persons is considered a crime.

While offering to act as a mediator between extremists and Pakistani authorities, he said dialogue is possible in a conflict though the condition is "that all parties have to see the need for dialogue as good for their side as well as for the society".

Even extremists have a right to express their views which need to be respected in order to make dialogue possible, Miskiewicz told the media.

During his visit to Pakistan, he met madrassa students and teachers and religious scholars.

Miskiewicz, who studied theology at the Islamic University of Madina in Saudi Arabia, also met Pakistani officials and delivered lectures at the International Islamic University and Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 15:45


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