City: Pakistan Ulema Council to boycott Pak-Afghan Ulema Conference

Islamabad: Chairperson Pakistan Ulema Council Allama Tahir Ashrafi on Wednesday announced to boycott the Afghan Ulema conference which was going to be held in Afghanistan. He said that Pakistan Ulema Council would not support any conference that would exclude Taliban from the negotiations.

He stated this while addressing a press conference at National Press Club NPC. He said that Taliban is a stakeholder therefore how can they be ignored in the negotiations for peace process.

He said that we had dialogues with Afghan clerics delegation and they agreed on four points, firstly Taliban representatives invite in conference, secondly not an favor or oppose any other, thirdly the conference date and time will announce after arrival of the Pakistani delegation at Kabul and agenda of conference to be final, fourthly the conference not discuss only Afghan issues but also to be discuss on issues of Pakistan and Muslim world.

He said that unfortunately the Afghan clerics delegation changed the agreement one sided when they reached the Kabul. After changing the agreement we decided to boycott the Afghan Ulema conference, he added.

He said that the main purpose of the conference to declared Karzai government as an Islamic government and Taliban declared as radical.

Allama Tahir Ashrafi said that we are willing to play a role in the Afghan reconciliation process if Taliban representatives are also involved. If the Taliban are not taking part in the peace process, then we will have no role, he added.

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