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Hateful religious speeches would be banned in Muharram

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ISLAMABAD: Top religious body of Pakistan on Wednesday called for a ban on hate speech pertaining to religious differences and urged for greater harmony among sects ahead of month of Muharram.

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Keeping in mind the fact that sectarian violence usually at its extreme, the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) added that labeling any Muslim ‘non-believers’ was condemnable and deserving of death.

“Terrorism and violence in the country in the name of religion are a violation of Islamic teachings. All schools of thought announce their disassociation from such acts,” it said in its “Code of Conduct”, which it wants the Parliament to adopt.

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“It is an un-Islamic and condemnable act to declare any Muslim sect a disbeliever and deserving of death,” it added, along with recommendations to curb hate speech and similar material in publishing form.

The call comes as the country prepares for the Islamic month of Muharram, beginning on October 24 or 25, when the Battle of Karbala in 680AD is mourned by the Shia Muslim community, which draws up roughly 20 per cent of the country’s predominantly Muslim population of 180 million.

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