Balkh clerics call for a prompt, sustainable ceasefire

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Balkh clerics call for a prompt, sustainable ceasefire


BALKH: Clerics, tribal elders and ordinary people from northern Balkh province in a gathering have asked for a permanent and urgent truce between the Taliban and Afghan forces.


Participants of the gathering organized in Rawza Mosque in Mazar-e-Sharif city, Balkh province’s capital, said people were tired of unabated violence as they longed for peace.


Mulavi Rahmatulah, an organizer of the gathering and a cleric, said that Afghan people were killed under different excuses daily, and there was a need for an immediate end to the bloodshed.


War and violence have no place in Islam; therefore, the warring sides should embrace peace and tolerance, he said.


Several other Islamic scholars also stressed that the ongoing war in Afghanistan was in conflict with Islamic teachings, and all involved parties should focus on making the ongoing peace process a success.


After the launch of intra-Afghan talks in Doha, the Afghan people’s expectations from the process have increased. They urge warring parties to put honest efforts into negotiations for achieving peace in the country.