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Suicide Attacks in Afghanistan Permissibl: Pakistani Top Cleric

large-Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi addresses a press conference

The head of Pakistani Ulema Council called suicide attacks in Afghanistan permissible, saying that Pakistan’s clerics boycotted the planned Kabul Meeting of Afghan and Pakistani Ulema because Afghan religious scholars opposed representatives of the Taliban to attend the Meeting.

Allama Tahir Ashrafi, the head of Pakistani Ulema Council told BBC correspondent Abdul Hai Sahar that the reason behind their refusal to attend Kabul Ulema meeting was the lack of a clear strategy on the side of Afghan clerics over the meeting.

In response to a question of the BBC correspondent on whether they condemn the suicide attacks in Afghanistan, Ashrafi said “suicide attacks in Afghanistan, Palestine and Kashmir were permissible, because Afghanistan has been occupied by the US, Palestine by Israel and Kashmir by India.

But Mawlawi Shahzada Shahid, spokesman of the Afghan Ulema Council rejected the comments, saying that “It is not possible a phenomenon to be prohibited at a place and allowed somewhere else. If it is permissible, then it is permissible everywhere; if it is not permissible then how can it be permissible here.”

Sahid told the BBC the suicide attacks carried out in Afghanistan kill Afghan civilians and even religious clerics in mosques.

Last month, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari agreed during a summit in Britain to hold the conference at the beginning of March.

But recently, officials said that the joint conference of Pakistani and Afghan religious scholars scheduled for early March and aiming to push forward the peace process in Afghanistan will be delayed due to disagreements.

Earlier, the head of Pakistani Ulema Council doubted the meeting would be held as scheduled in the absence of a clear agenda.

“I don’t think it will be possible to hold the conference in the first or second week of March,” head of Pakistan Ulema Council, Allama Tahir Ashrafi, told AFP, adding that the Afghan Taliban, who are waging an insurgency in the country, should also be invited to the conference.


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