A number of religious scholars at a gathering in Kabul on Sunday asked the Taliban and the Resistance Front to halt the current conflict, calling it an illegitimate war in the country.
The participants of the gathering asked both sides to announce a ceasefire and to negotiate a peaceful solution.
According to the scholars, in the absence of foreign forces in the country, no reason remains for fighting.
“You are fighting based on what justification to kill your Muslim brothers? Dear scholars, if this situation continues, the country will turn into an ethnicity-based and region-based conflict,” said Abdul Qader Qanet, a religious scholar.
“You negotiated with the US behind closed doors for two years. You traveled to different countries. Shook hands with infidels and their women. But you are not ready to talk with your Muslim brothers,” said Mawlawi Mohammad Amin, religious scholar.
The scholars criticized the reported blockage by the Taliban of routes ending in Panjshir valley, but the Taliban has rejected the claim.
Anaamullah Samangani, a member the Taliban’s Cultural Commission, responding to a question over road blockage said “We do not confirm that ways are blocked in Panjshir.”
University Lecturer Rahimullah Kashaf spoke at the gathering: “Thousands of children are hungry in Panjshir province and they need food which is not found there.”
The concerns come as negotiations have not achieved any results between the Taliban and Resistance Front.