Islamabad - Ulema and religious scholars from different schools of thought on Saturday underlined the need for public execution of convicted terrorists so that no one could dare take lives of innocent people by carrying out subversive activities.

They extended their complete support to the government initiatives taken to uproot extremism and terrorism from the country, saying that all religious sects were united against terrorism.

Talking to state-run television, Khateeb Badshahi Masjid Syed Muhammad Abdul Khabir Azad said there should be public execution of the elements involved in terrorism and the process should be prompt and without any discrimination. Strongly condemning the killing of innocent children in Peshawar tragedy, he said terrorists have nothing to do with Islam and they have no link with any religion. “We (Ulema) fully back the 21st Constitutional Amendment made by the Parliament to tackle terrorism,” he added.

Allama Raghib Naeemi of Dar-ul-Uloom Jamia Nameemia Lahore said Islam is a religion of peace, harmony and brotherhood and it never allows anyone to impose his point of view on others. He said there should be complete ban on gauging Islamic status of others by any individual or sect, adding that only Islamic Republic of Pakistan has the authority in this regard.

Markazi Ameer Jamat Ahl-e-Hadith Allama Zubair Ahmed Zaheer said the constitutional amendments were made in light of religious decrees issued by Imam Khana-e-Kaaba, Imam-e-Masjid Nabvi, Jamia tul Azhar and Pakistani religious scholars for eliminating terrorism from the world. He said stern action should be taken against the elements carrying out terrorist activities in the name of Islam.