Noor Rahman Liwal’s Open Letter & Recommendations To The International Muslim Scholars Conference On Peace And Stability In Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia
Anyone who takes a step towards peace in Afghanistan, is very valuable to us and we truly appreciate it. Be it just a word about peace, a bare foot long march of Afghans, a seminar or a conference Afghans strongly support it. And if the move of peace is influenced and supported by elites, scholars and a friendly country such as Saudi Arabia then it is even more appreciated and supported by Afghans. My stance is that the war in Afghanistan is benefiting outsiders at the miseries of Afghans.
This Tuesday and Wednesday, Saudi Arabia will host the Conference for Islamic Scholars from 57 countries that aims to bring peace in Afghanistan and put an end to 18 years of imposed war.Thosebenefiting from the war, willtry their best to blame the conference being partial and not acceptable. Their biggest allegation will be that the meeting is under the influence of the United States, and Saudi Arabia is a coalition member of the West and is not impartial in Afghanistan. US and NATO may come up with even more reasons if the outcome of the conference is not favorable to them.It is said that religious scholars will evaluate the war from the Shariah Law point of view.We on behalf of the vulnerable people of Afghanistan have the following recommendations to make the outcome of this extremelyimportant conference benefit both Afghans and the Islamic World. TheConference must first hear from the following four involved parties of the Afghan conflict and then only issue their statement.The four most important parties of the conflict are:
The United States + NATO,
The Imposed and unjust Kabul Regime,
Armed Opposition or Taliban,
On behalf of the people of Afghanistan;such intellectuals and politicianswho are Afghans but not part of the above three fighting parties.
We urge the conference not to hurry in the issuance of their statement or any decision before the above four sides are provided ample opportunity to express themselves.If it is not possible in this conference, call another conference based on this gathering to ask and hear answers from all four sidesfor one question; how to end the war and bring peace to Afghanistan? If anyone of these four parties are not represented the conference should not reach any decision, and if they do make any decision, likethe declarations of Makkah Al-Mukarramah’s Imam, the gathering of thousands Afghan Religions Scholars in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Indonesia will be less effective.We warn that such decision might hurt the reputation of the Islamic Scholars, may not be acceptable to the people of Afghanistan, the parties of the conflict and may also make the Muslim Ummah suspicious of the scholar’s impartiality.
The conference must hear and understand from the above mentioned four parties the fundamental causes of Afghanistan’s conflict which are as follows but not limited to:
The presence of the NATO and United States bases in Afghanistan and their legality needs a solution.
How to make sure the West’s imposed andunjust, corrupt government delivers justice and good governance to the Afghans?
Afghanistan’s paid and all-volunteer military which Afghanistan cannot afford and is a burden on the Afghan nation needs a solution.
How to form an acceptable government in result of a free and fair election that can deliver justice?