Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP) or Clerical Party of Pakistan, is a political party participating in the government, desiring Islamic rule, opposing the current insurgency, but also having taken anti-Western positions.In 1998, a JUP leader signed Osama bin Laden's fatwa declaring war against Crusaders and Zionists, essentially the U.S. calling for jihad against "Crusaders and Jews", and, specifically, Americans.
The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies -- civilians and military -- is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it, in order to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy mosque [Mecca] from their grip, and in order for their armies to move out of all the lands of Islam, defeated and unable to threaten any Muslim.
In 2009, however, it organized a conference of ulema, which condemned suicide attacks as contrary to Islamic law, and attacked the Taliban-aligned insurgency as bad for Pakistan and supporting its enemies. U.S. attacks on militants, however, were also condemned as violating Pakistan's sovereignty. It supported the all-parties conference called by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani.
- Shaykh Usamah Bin-Muhammad Bin-Ladin; Ayman al-Zawahiri, amir of the Jihad Group in Egypt Abu-Yasir Rifa'i Ahmad Taha, Egyptian Islamic Group; Shaykh Mir Hamzah, secretary of the Jamiat-ul-Ulema-e-Pakistan; Fazlur Rahman, amir of the Jihad Movement in Bangladesh (23 February 1998), Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders; World Islamic Front Statement
- Syed Irfan Raza (18 May 2009), "Suicide attacks are un-Islamic: Ulema", Dawn (Pakistan)