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Clerics urge Taliban to join peace talks

Clerics urge Taliban to join peace talks

Jun 29, 2011 - 14:47

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon):Religious scholars from across the country gathered in Kabul on Wednesday and called upon the Talibaninfo-icon to renounce violence and join the peace process.

Hundreds of clerics from Khost, Paktia, Paktika, Ghazni, Logar, Maidan Wardak and Kabul provinces attended the gathering to discuss the role of religious scholars in bringing peace, stability, national unity, and reconciliation with the insurgents.

Maulviinfo-icon Abdul Hakim Munib, one of the participants, urged the Taliban to join the peace process and take part in the country's developmentand prosperity.

"The ulemainfo-icon,” the community of Muslim scholars, “should not allow anyone to create anarchy because it is their responsibility to work for the moral strength necessary to build a sound societyinfo-icon," he said.

Minister of Hajjinfo-icon and Religious Affairs Mohammad Yousuf Niazi highlighted the importance of mosques and religious schools at the meeting. He said he believed that religious scholars could play an important role in finding a solutionto the ongoing conflict.

Attaullah Ludin, DeputyHigh Peace Council Chairman, said imams were critical to bringing peaceandstability to the country.

He said Afghanistaninfo-icon had suffered from thirty years of war and it was the time to work for peace. He urged the gathering’s participants to make an effort at bringing peace in the country.


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