Pakistan Ulema Council Avoid Attending Kabul Conference

Posted by Admin On Thursday, 21 February 2013 0 comments

In an official letter addressed to Afghanistan's Ulema Council, Pakistani clerics said on Tuesday that they will not be attending the upcoming Kabul clergy conference.
The letter, signed by Mufti Abu Huraira Mohuiddin, head of the Pakistani clerics, says they are not willing to criticize any of the Afghan Taliban's pasts activities, nor would they issue a Fatwa against them.

Afghanistan's Ulema Council has expressed regret the over the Pakistani cleric's decision not to attend the conference.

The Afghan Ulema Council said last week that the two parties agreed on holding the Kabul conference with a total of 500 participants, 250 from each country.

"We met the Pakistani committee over a period of two days. There was a group of seven people - all senior Ulema. We first agreed that the Afghanistan and Pakistan Ulema would hold a conference in Kabul in March. Then we decided that 250 Ulema from each country would attend," said Aminuddin Mozaffari, an Afghan Ulema member, at a press conference in Kabul last Tuesday.
U.S. news syndicate McClatchy published a recent report stating some of Pakistan's scholars would reject the conference unless the Taliban were also to take part - a rejection that would inevitably bring new challenges at the many attempts to woo the Taliban to the negotiating table.
Mozaffari dismissed the comment however, saying that McClatchy's report held an opinion and there are always people who try to challenge the process. Mawlawi Mohammad Shafee Noorestani, another Afghan Ulema member, said the council is working towards a solution.

"In order to find a solution for these challenges, the Ulema's work is beneficial to help solve the problem," he told TOLO news last week.

The conference was originally to be held with Islamic scholars from across the Muslim world; however, the Afghan Ulema said the joint Afghan-Pakistan conference would indicate if it was necessary to hold another conference with a global representation.

The conference, which was to be held this Thursday in Kabul, was to focus on Taliban activities, in particular, suicide attacks - declaring them haraam, or a sin.


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