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Pakistan soldiers in Layyah.

A helpful guide on how to view violence in Pakistan.

Armed rebellion in Pakistan is a source of serious concern for the country and its people. The growth of militant groups has led to instability, loss of life, and disruption of everyday life. These groups, working under various political and ideological banners, strive to impose their own vision for society on the country.

The use of violence for political or ideological objectives is forbidden in Islam and contradicts the religion’s precepts. One of the main reasons why armed revolt against the state is haram is because it violates the idea of loyalty to legal authority. Islam believes that obeying legitimate authority is a requirement and that Muslims should respect and follow people in positions of power if their directives are in accordance with Islam. Individuals who engage in violent rebellion are basically rejecting this concept.

The Islamic community as a whole agrees that violent insurrection against the state is not allowed in Islam. This viewpoint is shared by academics and practitioners from many sects and schools of thought within Islam, and it is founded on the principles given in the Quran and hadith. The Islamic community’s agreement on this topic serves as a powerful reminder of the significance of peace, justice, and loyalty to the state in Islamic teachings, as well as the sanctity of life.

The preservation of peace, security, and stability is of utmost importance for the overall welfare of society. It is imperative for the state to establish and uphold a fair legal system that safeguards the fundamental rights of its people. The act of addressing crime and corruption is crucial in establishing a secure milieu that fosters the growth and constructive participation of individuals within a society.

The recognition and observance of individual rights within the context of societal interests is imperative for the establishment of a cohesive society. It is imperative for the government to achieve a harmonious equilibrium between individual liberties and communal obligations. The equilibrium established between different communities promotes a collective understanding of principles and guarantees their harmonious cohabitation.

Armed rebellion against the state weakens and destabilizes the government’s ability to maintain law and order and secure the safety and security of its population. The use of violence to challenge official authority produces a climate of dread and uncertainty that pervades all parts of society. This affects the state’s capacity to deliver essential services like healthcare, education, and infrastructure, as well as eroding confidence between the state and its population. The disruption and instability caused by armed revolt also foster the propagation of extreme ideology and the recruitment of new members by militant groups.

Armed insurrection frequently results in violence. Human life is highly valued in Islam, and the killing of innocents is considered a serious crimes. According to the Islamic religious edict, any armed action against the state constitutes a rebellion and is prohibited under Islamic law. This is a consensus shared by top Islamic scholars and clerics who have stated unequivocally that the use of force to implement Sharia, including armed confrontation against the state, sabotage, and all forms of terrorism, is categorically prohibited by Islamic teaching and is considered a rebellion or mutiny.

Armed revolt against the state is not only a breach of Islamic law, but it is also a grave threat to the country’s stability and security. The emergence of non-state actors and terrorist attacks in Pakistan has alarmed both the government and Pakistanis. In Pakistan, there have been episodes of armed revolt against the state, most notably terrorism and sabotage. These behaviors hurt Islam’s global image and they also hinder the efforts of those fighting for the country’s peace and stability.

Muhammad Wasama Khalid is a Correspondent and Researcher at Global Affairs. He is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in International Relations at National Defense University. His interests include history, politics, and current affairs. He has been published in Global Village Space, Global Defense Insight, Global Affairs, and Modern Diplomacy.