Paktika Ulamas voice support for Afghan forces
SHARANA (Pajhwok): Scores of religious scholars and local elders held a mammoth gathering in southeastern Paktika province in support of Afghan security forces to ensure peace and stability in the country.
Religious scholars, local elders, provincial council members, civil society activists and government officials attended a meeting held on Sunday evening. The meeting was organized to discuss problems and recent security situation in the country.
Gul Mohammad, a religious scholar, urged all religious leaders to extend their all possible help for peace and security in the country. He said: “The recent insecurity is an ample proof that war is imposed on us and the neighboring states want to secure their interests by killing innocent Afghans. The religious scholars want peace in the country and support peace over war in Afghanistan.”
They urged world religious scholars to speak against the killings of innocent civilians. All Afghans are Muslims and Islam does not permit Jihad against Muslims therefore Afghans want peace in the country, he added.
Pacha Khan, a tribal elder, said: “Our schools, hospitals, roads have been destroyed while we have been killed by the name of Islam. It is time to give a clear message to our opponents to stop using name of a religion for carrying out dirty activities.”
Naimatullah Babrai, deputy provincial council speaker, asked religious leaders to avoid supporting misguided people. He said: “We promise to raise our voices against those who use the name of religion for their benefits and will not remain silent anymore against such people.”
Deputy Governor Attaullah Fazli said religious scholars and local elders could play vital role in peace in Afghanistan and they should come forward to play their role in effective way.
The religious scholars and local elders signed an agreement at the end of the gathering which stated religious leaders and local elders considered “prevailing fear in the community and killing of innocent people an unIslamic act. We will play our role for peace and prosperity in the county and will never allow anyone to harm our national interests.”
At the end, they extend unconditional support to Afghan security forces for offering their lives to defend their motherland.
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