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Afghanistan war is a tussle for power, say scholars

Religious clerics condemned the ongoing war as a mere struggle for power which is perpetuating at a frighteningly high human cost. They called warring factions to stop massacring people and bring peace

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KABUL: Afghanistan’s prominent religious scholars have issued fatwa against the ongoing war in Afghanistan and urged an end to what they called a ‘tussle for power’ between the government and the Taliban.

The denunciation comes a day after a terrorist attack killed 24 people, mostly students, in western Kabul on Saturday. ISIS terrorist group claimed responsibility but many say it was the Taliban, considering the intensity of their countrywide attacks. Peace talks in Qatar have also failed to help curb violence in the country, dashing hopes for peace.

Scholars and clerics gathered on Saturday to denounce Afghanistan’s war and urged the warring parties including the Afghan government and the Taliban to stop the war and massacring people.

The differences which have arisen between the negotiating sides are rooted in a tussle for power, said Mawlawi Salam Abed. “Do not kill or harm Afghan people for the sake of power,” he said.

The scholar said Islam has forbidden war and shedding the blood of people. “So, seize this opportunity to make peace and stop war and violence,” he urged the warring parties. “Reconciliation between Muslims is obligatory and war between Muslims is forbidden,” said Mawlawi Abed.

“We gathered here to raise our voices so that the warring parties in Afghanistan can preserve the sanctity of the Qur’an and Sunnah and end the war,” said religious scholar, Habibullah Hussam.

He urged the peace negotiators in Qatar to cling to the noble wisdom of the Qur’an and the Sunnah to resolve their disputes and stay away from any foreign-led resolution.

“The voice of Afghan scholars today is the voice of every Afghan. We want peace and security and we have no other way out but peace,” he said. He asked all parties involved in the war in Afghanistan to reach a negotiated settlement and stop their hostilities.

Hojjat al-Islam Ali Ataee, another religious scholar, said that peace and security are a value in Islam and means reconciliation, mutual acceptance, and coexistence.

He urged security officials, the government and the Taliban to respect Islamic principles and have mercy on the nation, iron out their differences and plant the seeds of peace in the country.

Meanwhile, the head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars has also declared the war in Afghanistan absolutely forbidden.

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