Religious scholars back peace drive
The religious scholars, who actively participated in the jihad against the Soviet occupation forces, were ready to play their part in bringing stability to the country, he said.
According to a statement from Karzai's office, the council paid tribute to its former head, Fazal Hadi Shinwari, who passed away at a hospital in India last month. It praised Shinwari's role in the jihad and promoting peace.
The scholars opposed long-term foreign military bases in the country and said such a move would be against Afghanistan's national interests. A day decision in this regard had to be taken by the Afghan nation, they stressed.
Welcoming the renewal of support from ulema, Karzai briefed his interlocutors on talks between Afghanistan and the United States on concluding a strategic partnership, the statement said.
The president said Afghanistan was rich in natural resources, which could be tapped only when lasting peace was restored. The exploitation of the resources would lead to people's prosperity, he said.
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