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Balkh ulema welcome ceasefire, urge end to conflict

Balkh ulema welcome ceasefire, urge end to conflict

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Jun 11, 2018 - 18:52

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Clerics in northern Balkh province on Monday welcomed the ceasefire between the government and the Talibaninfo-icon during Eid holidays, urging a permanent end to the conflict.

Four days back, President Ashraf Ghani said the Afghan government supporting recent Ulemainfo-icon fatwainfo-icon in Kabulinfo-icon had decided to announce ceasefire with the Taliban from 27th of Ramadaninfo-icon (June 12) until fifth day of Eid-ul-Fitr.

In a video conference, the president asked Afghan security forces to stop assaults on the Taliban, but keep their military operations against other insurgent groups including Daesh and Al-Qaeda.

Two days after the president’s ceasefire declaration, the Taliban also announced that their fighters would not attack Afghan security forces during three days of Eid but would not cease fighting against foreign forces.

Addressing the Ninth Festival of Sirat-un-Nabi (Life of the Prophet) here on Monday, the ulema also asked the Taliban to respect the holy month of Ramadan and put an end to the bloodshed of innocent people and return to a peaceful life.

Abdur RaoufTawana, one of the scholars, told the gathering that the ceasefire between the government and the Taliban would serve the interest of Afghanistaninfo-icon.

He asked the Taliban to turn the ceasefire into a permanent peace and stop killing civilians in Afghanistan.

Mualvi Najibullah, another cleric, said: “Living in peace is one of the God’s orders, we want the insurgents to welcome the peace process.”

Farida Sekandari, another participant of the gathering, also hailed the ceasefire and said the Afghans were tired of war in the country and they were in need of a permanent peace.

The Sirat-un-Nabi Festival is organized annually by Abdul Qadir Tawana Academic and Cultural Center during the month of Ramadan in Mazar-i-Sharif. This year, 2,800 people attended the festival.

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