London: A British-based Islamic group, Shariah4Pakistan, is planning to issue a fatwa against Pakistani activist Malala Yousufzai for her “support to occupying US forces”.
“There will be a fatwa issued regarding Malala Yousufzai taking into account the full story of her injury including her public statements in support of the occupying US army in the region and mocking of key symbols of Islam such as hijab and jihad,” Reuters quoted Abu Baraa, a senior member of the group, as saying.
The group, whose website features a blog below a photograph of Yousufzai in a hospital bed titled “Don’t Believe The Crocodile Tears for Malala Yousufzai”, is associated with some of Britain’s most hardline Islamists.
The group is planning to meet on November 30 at Islamabad’s Lal Masjid, but the mosque’s deputy head, Maulana Amir Siddique, denied the group would hold such a conference.
Yousufzai, who is recovering in a British hospital, was shot in the head in an assassination attempt by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan gunmen while returning home on a school bus.
Neither Baraa nor Choudary would say what punishment Yousufzai might face if the group found her guilty of violating Islam.
“Nobody is saying we are going to get out our swords and go and look for Malala… The point is a wider issue: it is about the American and Pakistani involvement in maintaining the British and American interests …,” Britain prominent cleric Anjem Choudary told Reuters.
“Malala is one of the issues we are going to be addressing because she is being used as a propaganda tool by the enemies of Muslims to say: ‘Look, Muslims don’t believe in education’ which is absurd.”