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Helmand clerics urge warring parties to declare truce

Helmand clerics urge warring parties to declare truce

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Jul 09, 2019 - 16:29

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A number of religious scholars in southern Helmand province on Tuesday asked the warring parties to the Afghanistaninfo-icon conflict to announce ceasefire and facilitate intra-Afghan dialogue.

The call comes after a two-day intra-Afghan meeting just concluded in Doha, in which 60 people, including a 17-member delegation of Talibaninfo-icon and political heavyweights from Afghanistan, took part.

The Intra-Afghan meeting in Doha called for decline in violence, release of elderly, sick inmates, allowing womeninfo-icon the rights to educationinfo-icon and work within Islamic teachings and seeking support and assistance from international community in post-peace era.

The scholars, who held a gathering about peace in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, announced their backing for the ongoing peace efforts and urged the Taliban to renounce violence and arrive at intra-Afghan talks.

Speaking on the occasion, religious scholar Mohammad Daud Mudaqiq said only Afghans were killed and their homes destroyed in the four-decade-old conflict.

He said the only solution to the Afghanistan conflict was peace and the Taliban should agree to intra-Afghan talks.

Another scholar Mualvi Abdul Hai Abid said the ongoing war had no place in Islam as it was a ‘foreign intelligence war.’

Abid said, “We should no more allow the government and the Taliban to continue the fight because its victims are only Afghans.”

A number of other scholars urged the warring sides to announce ceasefire and enter intra-Afghan dialogue as soon as possible.

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