Taliban should stop violence & declare a ceasefire: Ulema


KANDAHAR: Islamic scholars in a gathering in southern Kandahar province have called the ongoing war in the country illegitimate, demanding the Taliban must stop violence and declare a truce.

The gathering was held on Saturday at the governor’s house of Kandahar, attended by Governor Hayatullah Hayat, deputy governor, Haji Agha Lalai Dastageri and Ulema, tribal elders and youths from Kandahar, Helmand, Zabul and Uruzgan provinces.

Clerics, tribal elders and youths termed the ongoing war in Afghanistan as going against the Islamic rules. They called on the warring sides to take advantage of the opportunity created for peace and announce a ceasefire.

They also supported negotiating teams engaged in Qatar’s intra-Afghan talks, hoping a truce would be agreed upon by both sides as the first step for advancing peace negotiations.

Governor Hayatullah Hayat, talking to the gathering, thanked Islamic clerics for raising their voice, saying Islamic scholars coming from many Islamic countries also opposed the conflict in Afghanistan and deemed it un-Islamic.

The Ulema also presented a resolution letter at the end, in which they asked the Taliban to stop violence and declare a ceasefire.