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Clerics in Indonesia support Afghan peace quest

AT-KABUL: Hundreds of Muslim clerics from Afghanistan, Indonesia and Pakistan have declared opposition to terrorism and violent extremism and supported any peace effort for bringing peace and prosperity in the war-ravaged Afghanistan.

According to the High Peace Council, 20 clerics have attended the Jakarta meeting, hoping to find out a way out of crisis.

The nation has been stuck in civil war and internal conflicts for the past decades. The country fought a USSR invasion for half a decadein 1980s, marking a decade of infightings in the following years. A decade of civil unrest ensued, with an authoritarian regime of the radical Taliban in 1990s, which continues to sabotage the fledgling democratic government within Afghanistan even after the U.S. intervention in 2000s.

Regional Islamic scholars who gathered in Jakarta on Friday issued a declaration on the war and peace in Afghanistan, in which they promulgated their opposition against the terrorism and violent extremism and declared their support for any peace offer, efforts and declarations in ending war and bringing peace in Afghanistan.

Clerics of the three countries declared that Islam is religion of peace and prohibits war and violence, supporting Afghanistan’s peace offer to the Taliban for endingthe conflict. They also were all applause for regional countries, Muslim nations and the international community’s support to the Afghan peace quest, urging the warring parties to renounce violence and joint peace talks.

Violence against civilians and suicide attacks are against Islam, the clerics declared, and no religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group should be associated to justify violent extremism. The declaration called upon all Muslims to unite.

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