KABUL: A large number of Islamic scholars in a gathering have declared the ongoing war in Afghanistan as illegitimate, calling on the warring parties to end the violence and bloodshed in the country.
Over 2,000 scholars gathered from different parts of the country in Loya Jirga Hall in capital Kabul on Sunday, voicing their support for the peace process but said further violence would damage trust in the ongoing peace negotiations.
Abdul Salam Abdi, a prominent scholar from Kabul, talking to the gathering said that anyone shedding the blood of a Muslim would go to hell.
Another Islamic scholar, Mulavi Habibullah Hasam, said that the clerics gathered to press the parties into conflict to respect the teachings of Islam and put an end to the decades-long war in the country.
The gathering of Islamic scholars come following intensified violence across the country and stalled intra-Afghan talks which started about a month and a half ago in Doha.