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Peace parleys in tatters; Taliban calls on Pak clerics to boycott Indonesia peace meeting

AT-KABUL: Afghan Taliban leaders have called on Pakistani religious clerics to boycott the Indonesian government’s efforts to broker a peace deal in war-ravaged Afghanistan ahead of an international conference of religious scholars, according to reports, underlining the desperate efforts of the group to drill any peace attempt in the country.

Reports stated that the Talban sent a letter to Pakistani clerics including Pakistani Ulema Council chairman Mawlana Tahir Ashrafi, calling for a boycott of the peace meeting slated to be hosted in Indonesia.

Mawlana Tahir Ashrafi has said that clerics associated with his organization supported peace everywhere in the world.

The Taliban asked the clerics to avoid participation in the Jakarta peace meeting, describing it as “a means of helping foreigners attain their malicious objectives”.

The boycott threat comes in a critical time as the country is struggling to end the long dragging conflict through peace parleys and reconciliation, and for that matter, Indonesia has undertaken to host an international conference expected to have the support of religious clerics from Islamic countries against the ongoing war in Afghanistan.

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