Calling Hakimullah a ‘martyr’ is condemnable: Altaf Hussain

MQM chief says terming Hakimullah's death 'martyrdom' is against the teachings of Islam.

Web Desk November 04, 2013
File photo of Altaf Hussain. PHOTO: APP/FILE

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain condemned Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Munawar Hassan’s statements in which he termed the late Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan chief Hakimullah Mehsud a ‘martyr.’

In a press release issued by the MQM, Altaf said every child in Pakistan knows that 7,000 security officials and more than 40,000 innocent citizens, including some ulema and religious scholars, have been killed by the Taliban.

Altaf asked the ulema and scholars whether the “murderer of thousands of innocent citizens” can be called a ‘martyr.’

“I believe that calling the Taliban leader’s death ‘martyrdom’ is against the teachings of Islam and of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh),” he added.

The JI chief on Sunday had said that Hakimullah was a martyr, urging the Taliban to carry forward the talks with the government.

Altaf Hussain is not the only political leader who has criticised Munawar Hassan's comment. Earlier that day, Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari did not mince words in a tweet about the JI leader's 'martyr' statement.

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Shahid | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend

I am a khan When so-called "scholars" call for murder as opposed to Islam (who kill one will be as if he killed the whole humanity) some should oppose this blatant violation of innocent people. But I cannot say I am disturbed by some calls their be-fallen "shaheed". If someone is killed without any legitimate reason(like committing fatal crimes and was innocent) he/she would be called "martyr". However this title for mass murderers equals to approval of their atrocities and must be avoided at all costs. p.s: I don't always see eye to eye with AH and his party but I am yet to encounter racism by them as a Sindhi either.

Dr. A. K. Tewari | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Musarraf is not guilty, he is merely a political sufferer . I draw this conclusion just through observing his actions on merit , in the same way no evidence is required to assess the intentions of a person or party just evaluvate them on certain values .

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