LAHORE - The Muttahida Ulema-Council on Tuesday issued a fatwa (decree) declaring suicide attacks in country haram (illegal) and najaaiz (unlawful). 'Suicide attacks in Pakistan are illegal and unlawful, but apparently it seems to be that the govt is behind this violence so that patriotic Pakistanis could not launch movement for country's solidarity, and gather at one point in millions. In view of the present circumstances, the govt must immediately stop supporting US war on terror, and if it would not do so, then we will announce Jihad against the present rulers'. The unanimous decree was announced at the conclusion of the Council's meeting, attended by ulema of Jama'at Ahl-e-Sunnat, Ahl-e-Tashee, Ahl-e-Hadees, and the Deobandi and Barelvi schools of thought. Prominent who attended were Dr Sarfraz Naeemi, Engineer Saleemullah Khan, Mufti Muhammad Khan Qadri, Maulana Muhammad Khan Leghari and Mufti Safdar Ali Qadri. On this occasion, Dr Sarfraz Naeemi said that it seems that the govt was backing the suicide attackers to sabotage any movement launched by the people. 'Ulema should know their role, and instead of blaming the politicians and rulers, must give call to the masses to rise against the US stooges after shunning their differences', he said. He further said that in the Friday sermons, ulema should apprise people about the US policies so that the people could be prepared mentally for a movement. He also hinted at holding a national conference by the Ulema Council in the coming days. While outrightly rejecting the in-camera briefing to the Parliament, he demanded of the govt to stop fighting US war on terror. He said that the masses should have been told about the situation instead of giving an in-camera briefing to the Parliament, which should only formulate policies and guide the nation. Earlier, while speaking on the occasion, Ameer Jama'at-ud-Dawa Hafiz Muhammad Saeed said that the closed-door Parliamentary meeting was meant to follow Pervez Musharraf's policies. 'Despondency is being spread through media, he added. He said that masses were being pushed into accepting US supremacy, while the Jews were hatching conspiracies against Islam and Pakistan. Other speakers underlined the need for bringing the Muslim Ummah on one platform to launch joint struggle against the anti-Islam forces. They also demanded abolishing of the interest-based banking in Pakistan. It was decided at the meeting that the Ulema Council would constitute a delegation of the ulema for bringing out the real facts after visiting Bajaur and Swat.