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Pakistan Awaits Afghan Clerics Fatwa against TTP, JuA

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad is seeking a fatwa from Afghan religious scholars against terrorist activities being carried out by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and its affiliated groups from the Afghan soil. 

Reports said that it was agreed upon during the recent visit of Army Chief Qamar Jared Bajwa religious scholars of both the countries would give a fatwa (religious edits) denouncing terrorism and terrorist activities being carried out in respective countries by militants.

The move, which came in October 2017 during COAS visit, was seen a bid to ease tension between the neighbouring countries.

During the visit, a mutual commitment was made to declare terrorist activities ‘haraam’ in Afghanistan and Pakistan from religious scholars of both sides.

Earlier on Friday, more than 1800 scholars from all over Pakistan declared the suicide bombings and terror attacks forbidden in Islam.

However, a similar decree is still awaited from the other side of the border.

Express Tribune reported quoting its sources that it was a ‘mutual commitment’, meaning that both the countries would seek a fatwa from their respective religious scholars against suicide bombings.

“But, we have yet to see any effort by the Afghan government to honour its commitment,” the official said.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, however, was not entirely pleased with the fatwa from Pakistani scholars, insisting that the fatwa only mentioned Pakistan.

Ghani maintained that the declaration from Pakistan’s scholars should have explicitly mentioned Afghanistan.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif then clarified that the fatwa against suicide bombing was un-Islamic “whether it takes place on the moon or in any part of the world.”

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