Taliban can’t reach goals by killing scholars: Ghani
KABUL (Pajhwok): Strongly condemning the assassination of a prominent religious scholar in southern Ghazni province, President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday said the Taliban by killing the Afghans particularly religious leaders could not reach their nefarious designs.
In a statement from the Presidential Palace, the president strongly condemned the murder of Mualvi Ghulam Jilani, a prominent religious scholar in Ghazni province as a cowardly act.
Ghani praised Mualvi Jilani as a religious expert who played an active part in enlightening people’s minds and preserving religious values and personality correction.
Ghulam Jilani Erfani, who was administrator of Jamia Awlia religious school in Ghazni City and ran religious programmes from Radio Sadat, was killed in a roadside bomb attack in the provincial capital on Friday.
The president said the Taliban were attacking religious scholars and tribal elders who exposed their real face and the attacks showed the rebels were afraid of religious scholars and elders.
“The Taliban should realise they cannot reach their nefarious designs by attacking the Afghans particularly religious scholars and elders, rather it would further strengthen people’s determination for the defence of their religious and national values.”
The president extended his condolences to the family of Jilani and prayed Allah, the Almighty to grant patience and fortitude to his family to bear the irreparable loss.
Unknown gunmen have also killed another religious scholar in northern Jawzjan province, Mullah Khudayar. No group has claimed responsibility for either killing.
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