Senators too lash out at Maulana Fazl Rahman
Fazl Rahman, the chief of his own faction of Jamaiat-i-Uelma Islam (JUI-F), has reportedly said that peace could not be achieved in Afghanistan in the presence of foreign troops, calling Taliban’s insurgency as legitimate.
The cricket match in Islamabad was witnessed by President Ashraf Ghani and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Afghanistan won the match by 54 runs.
Anar Kali Hunaryar, who represents the minority Sikh-Hindu communities in the upper house, told the session that Afghanistan-A team had been able to hand a historic defeat to their Pakistani rivals.
She urged the Senate to award monetary assistance and gifts to the Afghanistan-A team members for their historic achievement.
Her colleague from southern Zabul province, Mohammad Hassan Hotak, said the Afghans had proved the world they were champions. He said Saturday’s victory showed the world that Afghans had all abilities and wanted peace in their country.
Nisar Ahmad Haris from Kabul said the Afghanistan-A team defeated the Pakistani side while their prime minister watched. He also called for giving awards to the cricketers.
Chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar called the cricket victory as historic and promised the team would be honoured upon return home, a call endorsed by all lawmakers.
Meanwhile, some senators lashed out at Maulana Fazl Rahman for his pro-insurgency remarks, which he made after meeting President Ghani in Islamabad.
Lawmaker Nazar Mohammad Faqiri from northern Baghlan province said Fazl Rahman’s remarks were inhuman and un-Islamic.
“Two daughters of the Maulana are studying in London. He is an ISI man,” the lawmaker alleged.
Another lawmaker from central Uruzgan province, Amanullah Azimi, said Maulana Fazl Rahman was not a religious scholar but a hypocrite who called the bloodshed of Afghanistan’s Muslims as legitimate.
“He sends his children to London for education and sends suicide bombers to our children to render them orphaned,” he said.
Hidayatullah Rehaee urged Afghanistan Ulema Council members not to stay silent over Fazl Rahman’s fitwa.
Muslimyar asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to investigate into Fazl Rahman’s remarks through diplomatic channels and present the findings to the Senate.
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