On April 14, ‘Boko Haram’, a so called Islamist rebel group abducted 276 school girls and are holding them captive. The reason given was that they were studying in a western school! The attack has been globally condemned. Recently the militant group has offered to release more than 200 girls in return for their prisoners. What I want to know is, what version of Islam gives them permission to abduct innocent girls? What sin have they committed and what about the pain of their families? They did not kidnap the girls to spread Islam, but to get their own friends and cohorts out of prison. I would strongly condemn their act and tell them not to call themselves ‘Muslim’! I would also like to request all the Muslim ummah to stand together on this and strongly condemn this savagery.

TARIQ FARUQI,

Karachi, May 14.