Laghman clerics urge Taliban to shun violence, accept talks offer
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Religious scholars attending a gathering in eastern Laghman province on Tuesday called on the Taliban to shun violence and accept the government’s peace talks offer.
Provincial Hajj and Religious Affairs director Syed Najibullah Hashimi told the gathering of religious scholars that the meeting was aimed at cementing unity among tribes and accelerating efforts at bringing peace and stability to the county.
He said the Afghans wanted peace and armed groups should accept their demand.
Religious scholar Maulvi Abdul Ghafoor Khumeni said religious leaders should raise their voice for improvement in the country’s current situation.
“They should issue fitwas against the civil war and it is the duty of Ulema to educate people on the importance of peace and unity,” he said.
“The country has a right on us to work for it. Such gatherings should be conducted in every part of Laghman until there is peace and stability,” another scholar, Maulvi Farmanullah Akhunzada, said.
Another participant of the gathering, Maulvi Mohammad Younus Shamakhel, said religious scholars and tribal elders had gathered there for unity among tribes and for peace and they were willing to work jointly for peace.
Other scholars announced their support for the government and asked armed groups to come to the negotiating table for peace.
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