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Editorial

Targeting Afghan masses against Islamic tenets

TOPSHOT - Smoke rises from the site of an attack after a massive explosion the night before near the Green Village in Kabul on September 3, 2019. - A massive blast in a residential area of Kabul killed at least 16 people, officials said on September 3, yet another Taliban attack that came as the insurgents and Washington try to finalise a peace deal. (Photo by Wakil KOHSAR / AFP) (Photo credit should read WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Taliban and other terrorists have continuously been killing the innocent people indiscriminately in Afghanistan. They even have continued their attacks on the people even during the Holy month of Ramadan and other holy days.
Religious scholars from the Islamic countries including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kuwait and Palestine and ICC have repeatedly condemned the war in Afghanistan and called as illegitimate. However, the terrorists have continued violence and killing the innocent people against the call of the Islamic scholars and their commitment to the peace agreement with the US.
Recently, religious scholars from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia at a meeting held within the framework of the Muslim World League (MWL), in the Muslim holy city of Makkah on Thursday, called for a swift halt to the war in Afghanistan, calling on the Afghan warring factions to follow the path of peace and reconciliation and resolve their differences through at the negotiation table.
Meanwhile, a number of scholars in Afghanistan have said that the current war waged by the Taliban has no justification and cannot be called a Jihad (Holy war). Some scholars in Pakistan have also raised their support for the Afghan peace process. The virtual meeting was hosted by the Saudi government.
Scholars said that Islam teaches tolerance and peace. They called on the Afghan government and the Taliban to resolve their differences through talks. “We should stop the explosions and the suicide attacks which make victims of our children, scholars and others in the country. Our opponents are also our Muslim brothers. But we do not act like them and do not brand them infidels,” said Mohammad Qasim Halimi, the Afghan minister of religious affairs and pilgrimage.
“Muslims are being killed inside the mosques, the children are being killed during their birth, attacks are launched on universities and hospitals,” the minister added, as quoted by media.
Overall, there is no legitimacy for the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan. Killing the people of Afghanistan is against religious tenets as Afghan and global clerics issued fatwa (religious decree) against the Taliban’s acts of violence and bloodshed several times and urged the Taliban to end the conflict.
As what President Ghani said on different occasions that the Taliban’s miscalculation is the main obstacle to peace. According to the president, Taliban still believe their own narrative that they have defeated NATO and the United States, and the group leaders did not encourage their rank and file to accept the idea of peace.
It is believed that there is still a widening gap between the Taliban leaders and their military commanders over the issue of peace. Their leaders fear that their rank and file may not accept their orders. If the Taliban leaders really lack control over their military commanders and fighters, the fear of splintering looms large, which will undo the US-Taliban Doha peace agreement.
If the Taliban have clear and transparent demands and plan, they have to put them all at the negotiating table and discuss them logically with the Afghan republic team to find out a solution. Going on a killing spree and targeting the people will bring nothing but Muslims genocide in Afghanistan.

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