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Pak Intel Accused Of 'Playing Dangerous Game' With Jihadis

India's The Economic Times reported that Pakistani clerics issued a fatwa on April 17 declaring suicide bombings 'haram' (against Islam). One Pakistani member of parliament accused Pakistani intelligence of stoking the fires of jihad.

Pakistani clerics have accused the intelligence agencies in the country of supporting 'jehadi' organisations whose actions now cannot be checked even by religious decrees.

Lawmaker Qazi Fayyaz-ur-Rehman Alvi of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) said numerous jehadi organisations and people were terrorising the country and some of them had the support of the intelligence agencies.

"The agencies are playing a dangerous game in the country," he said.

Qazi Fayyaz-ur-Rehman Alvi was one of 2,000 clerics who issued the fatwa that has gone ignored by the Taliban-al-Qaeda alliance in Pakistan's tribal regions.

However, the Charsadda suicide bomb attack recently in North West Frontier Region in which at least 31 people were killed and Pakistan's Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao was critically injured seems to indicate that the clerics decree had been ignored. "Fatwas dont work in troubled regions. The situation has progressed beyond them," Qazi Alvi, JUI-F central deputy general secretary was quoted as saying by the Daily Times.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's Supreme Court suspended proceedings against Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry as the Associated Press reported that "an estimated 20,000 people, most of them lawyers and opposition party supporters, gathered in downtown Lahore, Pakistan's main eastern city, to greet Chaudhry who had traveled 280 kilometers (170 miles) in a grand convoy from Islamabad."

The situation in Pakistan appears holding at 'uncertain' going forward.