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Afghan conundrum: Ulema call for negotiated settlement

10 Jun 2021 - 20:16
10 Jun 2021 - 20:16

KABUL (Pajhwok): Religious scholars from Pakistan and Afghanistan on Thursday lend their support to the negotiated settlement of ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, according to a joint statement.

“We gathered today to discuss the peace process in Afghanistan and lend our support to the negotiations between the warring factions there, as this is the only way to resolve the long-standing Afghan crisis, to establish peace in the country,” the statement said.

The meeting between Pakistani and Afghan scholars was organized by Saudi Arabia under the umbrella of the Muslim World League.

Scholars from both nations condemned all acts of violence and extremism in all their forms as per the teachings of the Noble Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet.

The scholars of Pakistan and Afghanistan extend their thanks and appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz for the Kingdom’s firm and historic stance in supporting peace and stability in Afghanistan.

“In addition, we highlight the sincere efforts of the Kingdom in extending bridges and uniting the ranks, which have brought together the scholars of Afghanistan and Pakistan on one platform in the holy city of Makkah, with the aim of promoting peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan and to announce this joint declaration, today.”

They agreed that Islam is the religion of peace, tolerance, moderation and reconciliation; it called the believers to seek peace among themselves, and to end their differences by referring their grievances to the Holy Qur’an and the pristine Sunnah.

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