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Political parties, lawmakers welcome fatwa against war

Political parties, lawmakers welcome fatwa against war

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Jun 06, 2018 - 17:27

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some political parties and movements have welcomed Afghan ulemainfo-icon’s fatwainfo-icon against the ongoing conflict in the country, urging the government to change its approach towards achieving peace and stability.

More than 2,000 Afghan clerics on Monday highlighted their stance on the ongoing conflict in the country and called it against the Shariah.

A source in the Afghanistan Ulema Council told Pajhwok Afghan News the fatwa was issued by religious scholars during their meeting at the Loya Jirga tent in the capital at 9am.

In accordance with Islamic teachings, according to the source, the clerics unanimously issued a seven-article edict about the conflict.

Masoud Tarashwal, spokesman of the Afghanistaninfo-icon’s Protection and Stability Council, said they welcomed every step and initiative which could ensure peace and stability in the county.

The people of Afghanistan, he said, were tired of the war which victimized the people daily. He said it was the need of the hour that parties to the conflict arrive at the negotiation table and foil nefarious designs of the enemy of Afghanistan.

Hafeez Mansour, member of the Jamiati Islami (JI) leadership council, said the Afghan ulema independently issued the fatwa regarding the ongoing conflict in the country and the JI welcomed it.

However, referring to anti-religious policies of the government, he said: “The government is not comfortable with religious and jihadi leaders, the selection process is not transparent as tribe and group association is preferred more.”

He said the ulema fatwa alone was not enough as the government should review its policies and manner while selecting people and implementing its policies and should take practical steps for durable peace in the country.

Some political parties such as the Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistan (HIA) and Mahaz-i-Islami refrained from sharing views on the ulema’s fatwa.

Bashir Ahmad Taianj, spokesman for the Junbish-i-Islami party said: “We should put more pressure on the enemy of Afghanistan in the battle fields, the government of Afghanistan has been striving for peace for the past 15 years.”

He said the Talibaninfo-icon respected no values as they targeted religious scholars who wanted to discuss peace in line with the teachings of Islam.

Some Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon members also welcomed the ulema fatwa and condemnation of suicide attacks.

Allah Gul Mujahid, a lawmaker from Kabul province, said: “I wish the ulema had issued this fatwa 17 years back, the current conflict is intelligence warfare, the president should have sought the ulema viewpoint before signing the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the US.”

He said until foreign forces remained in Afghanistan, the security situation would not improve.

Sakhi Mashwani, a lawmaker from Kunar province, also welcomed the ulema fatwa and called it a good step in the right direction.

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