Officials from Afghanistan’s High Peace Council (HPC) on Thursday said religious scholars from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Indonesia are set to meet in Jakarta in the near future where they will discuss the ongoing war in Afghanistan and the campaign against terrorism.
The war on terrorism and the ongoing turmoil in Afghanistan will dominate the agenda at the conference, said the HPC.
The High Peace Council strongly supports the involvement of Indonesia for peace in Afghanistan and the timeframe for the conference will be announced by Indonesian officials sometime in the near future, said HPC spokesman Ehsan Tahiri.
In response to the announcement, the chairman of the Afghan Millat party has described the move as a positive step to inform insurgents of their faults as they fight against the country and its people under the pretext of Islam.
“The Indonesian president has confirmed the participation of Pakistan at the conference, we also hope that Pakistan attends the meeting, this would mark a historic conference on peace and stability in Afghanistan and war against terrorism,” said HPC spokesman Ehsan Tahiri.
“Religious scholars in the world issue decrees that the war in Afghanistan is not a Jihad (holy war), we also know that and the scholars also know that this is not Jihad, but it is a proxy war in Afghanistan and it is an imposed war which is plotted by intelligence networks, but the question whether the Taliban accepts this or not would have an impact on the Taliban ranks,” said Stana Gul Sherzada, chairman Afghan Millat party.
The conference will mark the first such meeting between scholars from the three Muslim nations where they will discuss Afghanistan’s situation.
“The government itself obeys strangers, it does not take guidelines from the scholars inside Afghanistan, but only consults special institutions such as the High Peace Council and Ulema council, but these have lost their credibility among the people of Afghanistan,” said Mawlawi Abdul Qadeer Qanet, a member of Maslahat Council of Afghanistan.
The HPC stated that at the conference the participants will also focus on the upcoming conference of scholars from the Muslim world.