President Mamnoon Hussain has announced the Paigham-e-Pakistan fatwa would help eradicate terrorism.

Speaking at the launch of the decree at Pakistan House he also said it would be instrumental in reforming those in society who had veered off the right path.

The president said the fatwa was a step in the right direction and reiterated that Pakistan was an Islamic state believing in peace, tolerance, justice and love.

The fatwa has been issued by more than 1,800 Pakistani religious scholars and declares suicide bombings forbidden or ‘haraam’.

The president said that Islamic teachings said extremism, bloodshed and suicide bombing were seen as spreading evil on earth.

He added that the decree would not only promote a positive image of the Islamic teachings and Pakistani society in the world, but also help in overcome the menace of extremism.