February 12, 2018

Pakistani Ulema’s remarks may harm Pak-Afghan relations

By Meena Haseeb - Sun Mar 03 2013, 7:49 pm

Janan MosazaiAfghan foreign affairs ministry on Sunday condemned the remarks by Pakistani religious scholar chief remarks calling it a political statement rather than having any religious motive.

Janan Mosazai, general director for the media department of the Afghan foreign ministry said Afghan people are Muslims and are strictly following Islamic principles.

Mr. Mosazai said the Fatwa by Pakistani religious scholar chief does not have any logic and is having more political motive. He said the Fatwa by Saudi Arabia grand Mufti has stimulated the religious scholars of Pakistan.

Allama Tahir Ashrafi chief of the Pakistan’s religious scholar council recently said that suicide attacks and holy war (Jihad) is permitted in Afghanistan, Kashmir and Palestine since Afghanistan has been occupied by America, Kashmir has been occupied by India and Palestine has been occupied by Isreal.

His remarks were condemned by variouis political parties, civil society organizations and the people of Afghanistan.

Afghan foreign ministry also said Allama Ashraf Tahiri’s remarks are ridiculous and baseless since Afghanistan is a sovereign nation despite over 50 countries have contributed troops to fight terrorism in the country.

He said Allama Ashraf Tahiri’s comments will create barriers for peace talks in Afghanistan and will also harm political relations between Kabul and Islamabad.

Afghan religious scholars council also condemned suicide attacks and said only ordinary civilians are suffering casualties from such attacks.

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