While speaking during an exclusive joint debate hosted by Radio Free Europe and Radio Mashaal, Maulana Tahir Ashrafi denied endorsing suicide bombing in Afghanistan.
He said, “I have not mentioned about suicide attack. It is a propaganda against me and against my country. I will not sit-in for peace conference unless the Afghan government does not apologize from me.”
This comes as Maulana Tahir Ashrafi quoted by media agencies earlier in March said that suicide bombing is allowed in Afghanistan as long as foreign troops are present in this country.
However Maulana Tahir Ashrafi denied the reports but the allegations sparked widespread objections by the Afghan people and president Hamid Karzai.
While speaking during a joint press conference with the NATO secretary general president Karzai said, “Apparently those who are encouraging and supporting terrorism and kill ordinary Afghan people including men and children should be added to the blacklist. This a vilation of the human dignity to kill women and children.”
Afghan officials have long been accusing Pakistan for supporting militants in Afghanistan but Islamabad has repeatedly denied the allegations.
The conference of Afghan and Pakistani Ulemas was agreed during a joint trialteral summit between Afghan, Pakistani and British leaders back in February.
However Pakistan Ulemas boycotted the conference calling it a one side attack against the Taliban militants group without having any specific agenda.
In the meantime Qazi Mohammad Waqad a member of the Afghan high peace council who participated in the debate denied the allegations and said that the conference had a clear agenda but was boycotted by Maulana Tahir Ashrafi.
He said, “Maulana Tahir Ashrafi following a Fatwa endorsed the holy war by Taliban in Afghanistan and denied to participate in the conference due to the presence of foreign troops in the country.”
Mr. Waqad also insisted that the government of Afghanistan does not need to apology from anyone and only the misunderstandings should be cleared.