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We opposed naming Taliban in Jakarta declaration: Pak ulema

We opposed naming Taliban in Jakarta declaration: Pak ulema

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May 12, 2018 - 18:01

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Top cleric at Jamia Haqqania seminary in Pakistaninfo-icon has said they prevented naming the Talibaninfo-icon in the joint declaration issued after an ulemainfo-icon conference in Indonesia.

In a video clip on social media, Maulana Anwarul Haq said the trilateral conference in Indonesia was a consultative event where religious scholars from the three countries offered their suggestions about the conflict in Afghanistaninfo-icon and no specific group had been named in the declaration.

In its declaration, the ulema conference supported President Ashraf Ghani’s peace offer to the insurgents and urged all sides of the conflict to join direct talks.

Pakistani ulema who took part in the daylong event in Jakarta said no group had been named in the declaration.

Haq said they did not demand a halt to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.  “The problem will persist until the dead carcass remains in the well,” he said without giving details regarding the dead carcass.

Haq said: “All the ulema were happy after my speech and told me that I spoke in the support of the Taliban and regarded them as victorious.”

Another Pakistani cleric Maulana Mohammad Idrees said some problems existed between Afghanistan and Pakistan and consultations held in this regard at the meeting in Indonesia.

It is worth mentioning that the Taliban had been invited to the conference, but the group not only rejected the invitation but also showed opposition to the event.

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