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UN diplomat hails ulema role in promoting peace

UN diplomat hails ulema role in promoting peace

Oct 18, 2015 - 10:48

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Religious scholars play a crucial role in promoting peace and reconciliation in Afghanistaninfo-icon, a top UN diplomat acknowledged on Sunday.

Nicholas Haysom, UN secretary-general’s special representative, praised the religious scholars as an independent voice with true authority.

Also United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) head, he welcomed the first-ever Ulemainfo-icon National Conference that took place on October 12 in Kabul.

About 500 participants from ulema councils and independent scholars and representations from every province discussed the role of ulema, the peace process and Islamic values.

“The fact that so many independent religious leaders gathered together is a testament to the depth of the desire of Afghans to live in peace,” Haysom said in a statement.

The National Ulema Conference in Support of Peace-Building in Afghanistan adopted a declaration that fighting against the Afghan people and government is not permissible from a religious point of view.

The participants urged the entire nation to unite and defend Islamic values. They also called for an end to violence, hatred and bloodshed, supporting intra-Afghan negotiations and tolerance.


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