Pakistani cleric remarks on Afghan peace provoke Govt.’s ire

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KABUL: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Saturday vehemently condemned recent remarks by a Pakistani cleric, calling them irresponsible and violent.


Recently, Mawlana Hamidul Haq, the leader of Jamiat Ulema-e Islam, stated that the Afghan government should surrender to the Taliban and lay down their weapons.


Hamidul Haq is the eldest son of Mawlana Samiul Haq, who is deemed the spiritual father of the Taliban group in Pakistan.  


Hamid al-Haq, who succeeded his father after his assassination in Peshawar, said “We ask the Afghan government why you are setting fire to the enemy and destroying your people, you have to surrender to the Taliban and lay down your weapons, the Taliban will embrace you.”


MoFA in a statement said it has sent an objection to the embassy of Pakistan in Kabul. “This political movement’s one-sided, contentious and hateful rhetoric about Afghanistan has always fueled the war in Afghanistan and sparked new waves of extremism and violence.”


The remarks come at a time when bilateral historically-strained relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan are perceived to be improving.


The statement maintained that Pakistan had pledged to play a positive role in the Afghan peace process, adding “such irresponsible statements hurt the feelings of all Afghans and have a detrimental effect on the peace process.”


MoFA urged Pakistan to remain committed to its commitments to ensure security and stability in Afghanistan, in accordance with the principles of international law.


This comes as Kabul witnessed national mourning last week as IS-K launched an offensive at Kabul University, killing at least 22 students and wounding 27 others.