LAHORE  - Sunni leaders at a conference on Sunday said hanging the terrorists is an Islamic act and the government should not bow to foreign pressures while taking such a step to curb terrorism.

They said those carrying out terrorist activities in the name of Islam were defaming this divine religion under a well thought-out conspiracy.

The conference had been organised by Tehrik Sirat-i-Mustaqeem Pakistan at the Minar-i-Pakistan.  Dr Muhammad Ashraf Asif Jalali, Shah Muhammad Awais Noorani, Muhammad Sarwat Ijaz Qadri, Sheikhul Hadith Khadim Hussain Rizvi, Mufti Abdul Haleem Hazarvi and many others addressed the participants from across the country.

The speakers said the government should not take a hasty decision while deciding the fate of condemned prisoner Saulat Mirza. They said if the death row prisoner wanted to play a role to save Pakistan, he should be afforded an opportunity.

The speakers alleged that the followers of Sunni school of thought were being targeted. They warned the government that such an attitude would not be tolerated.

They were critical of the inactive role of the OIC and said an effective organization should be set up to solve problems facing the Islamic countries.

They opposed India’s desire for United Nations Security Council seat. They condemned attacks on churches in Youhanabad and lynching of two Muslims as well.