Clerics want Mullah Mansour to endorse peace parleys
ASADABAD/MAIDAN SHAHR (Pajhwok): Religious scholars in eastern Kunar and central Maidan Wardak provinces on Sunday urged Taliban’s new supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour to endorse peace talks with the Afghan government.
Kunar provincial council member Mohammad Sapi, Ulema Council chief Maulvi Abdul Rahman, provincial High Peace Council chief Mohammad Ismail and tribal elder Mohammad Rozi told a joint press conference in Asadabad, the capital of Kunar, that peace was an Islamic order and those denying peace exited Islamic circle.
Mohammad Ismail said they strongly rejected Mullah Mansour’s remarks in which he had insisted on continuing the war in Afghanistan.
He said Mullah Mansour should push forward the peace talks in order to end the ongoing bloodshed in the country.
In his maiden audio message, Mullah Mansour had opposed the peace talks as enemy propaganda.
Provincial council member Mohammad Sapi said the Taliban should resolve their differences with the government through dialogue. He called on the rebels to join the peace process and seize the opportunity of ending the conflict because war was no solution to any problem.
Tribal elder and former jihadi leader Mohammad Rozi said solution to all problems lied in peace talks and the past experience showed war only offered destruction. “If the insurgents are hell-bent on waging war at behest of outsiders, we are compelled to pick up guns for the defence of our soil.”
In Maidan Wardak, the Ulema Council condemned Taliban new leader’s remarks and urged the rebels to arrive at peace negotiations. The council chief, Maulvi Aziz Rahman Siddique, told Pajhwok Afghan News differences and wars among Muslims damaged Islam’s image and to end the phenomenon, all warring parties should join the peace process.
He said the ongoing conflict mostly claimed the lives of Afghans, urging Mullah Mansour not to fuel the war as a religious scholar and instead work for peace in the country. He warned religious scholars in the province would strongly react if the Taliban continued the conflict.
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