The religious scholars from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Indonesia termed the suicide attacks against the principles of Islamabad as they met in Indonesia to discuss the ongoing war and violence in Afghanistan.

“We reaffirm that violence and terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization, or ethnic group, as violent extremism and terrorism in all its forms and manifestations including violence against civilians and suicide attacks, are against the holy principles of Islam,” according to a declaration issued at the end of conference.

Insisting that Islam is a religion of peace, tolerance, the participants of the conference emphasized on intra-Afghan peace talks in a bid to end the ongoing violence.

“The core message of Islam is centred upon the principle of peace, mercy and compassion. We, therefore, support Paigham-e-Pakistan, Afghan declarations and other peace initiatives about peace in Afghanistan by the Ulema from Islamic World which favour peace, Islamic brotherhood, and denouncing violence and terrorism,” the Ulemas stated in their joint declaration.

“We take note of conducive environment for peace in Afghanistan,” the declaration stated, adding that “We, therefore appreciate and support the offer of the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan as announced by President Ashraf Ghani during the Kabul Peace Process, February 2018 for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.”

The Taliban group has so far rejected to participate in any form of peace talks to end the violence.