May 5, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — A tripartite Afghanistan-Pakistan-Indonesia conference of religious scholars scheduled on Friday in Indonesian capital Jakarta will reflect on Afghan peace and stability, report Afghanistan Times citing officials.
The tripartite conference will discuss building a consensus and support for possible peace negotiations in Afghanistan. A statement issued by High Peace Council said that the Afghan delegation will consist of 20 clerics, twenty from Pakistan and an unknown number from Indonesia.
Asef Seddiqi, deputy head of Afghan senate, called the Jakarta meeting “important”, asking the religious scholars to issue a ‘fatwa’ (verdict) against the current war in Afghanistan. He said that calling the fatwa against the Afghan war would empower peace process.
“I hope Afghan clerics positively use this opportunity and tell other clerics that the current war in Afghanistan is not for Islam, but it is a Muslim killing and Afghan killing war,” Seddiqi said.
According to the report, the conference was decided in a meeting between head of Afghan High Peace Council’s secretariat, Akram Khplwak, and Indonesian vice-president, Jusuf Kalla in Indonesia. It was proposed by Indonesian President JokoWidodo in January, the report said.
Earlier, Indonesian VP Kalla had said that the role of Islamic scholars could be crucial in forging a path for sustainable peace in Afghanistan.