Is Pakistan Government support to US attacks on Afghanistan, religiously, justified? What should have been the attitude of Taliban towards American demand of handing over Osama to them? What should be the attitude of Taliban regarding US demands?
If the government of Pakistan is satisfied that the American allegation against Usama bin Laden is backed by strong evidence, then the government of Pakistan should not only support the United States, but should, if it has the ability, actively participate against the alleged perpetrator. On the other hand, if Pakistan does not believe the evidence to be sufficient, it should then refrain from participating in any injustice.
Likewise, the Taliban, if they are in a position to do so, are required by the Qur’an to take a just stand, which is clear of all prejudice for or against Muslims or non-Muslims, and to support justice, whatever the implications of doing so may be.
It should remain clear that Muslims, by the clear injunctions of the Qur’an, are required to fight only for justice and against injustice, if they are in a position to do so. If a Muslim state is guilty of injustice, then another Muslim state, if it has the power and the ability to fight against it, should do so, to secure peace and justice. Surah Al-Hujraat has clearly referred to a situation, which requires a Muslim state to take an armed action against another Muslim state. It is quite clear from this reference that there can be circumstances under which a Muslim state should take an armed action against another Muslim state, to secure peace, security and justice.
As a principle, it should always be remembered that a Muslim state must always take sides with justice and against injustice, if it is in a position to do so, irrespective of whether such a stand implies fighting for or against a Muslim state.
I hope this helps.
November 7, 2001