KABUL: During his trip to eastern Nangarhar province, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Sunday met local Islamic scholars, university teachers and students.
Mawlawi Abdul Basir Sirat, a scholar who attended the meeting at the Shahi Palace in Jalalabad, backed the president’s policy on the peace process and appreciated his efforts for stability.
He sought land for a graveyard, a greater Haj quota for ulema, opening of a library and building of a conference hall in Nangarhar.
Management of the Eidgah Mosque should shift from the municipality to the Ministry of Hajj, he proposed.
Ghani thanked ulema’s unprecedented fatwa on peace and said he had met Islamic scholars and Haj directors from all 34 provinces of the country. He listened to their problems in the holy month of Ramadan.
He said the government had a countrywide program for seminaries and Quran memorization centers. Distribution of one million copies of the holy book across the country has been ordered.
The president said the government paid serious attention to the reconstruction of mosques and he had directed local officials to build a grand mosque in Badakhshan province.
President Ghani directed the Nangarhar governor to investigate the grabbing of Qasimabad Township land and present a detailed report to the Presidential Palace. Legal ownership documents could not be issued for grabbed land, he added.
President Ghani promised major changes in the Ministry of Haj and Religious Affairs and the Afghanistan Ulema Council head, Mawlawi Kashaf was currently working on opening a Darul Iftaa (house of fatwa).
The president also met Nangarhar University lecturers and a number of schoolteachers.
Chancellor Babrak Miakhel shared with the president information on university affairs and problems in acquisition of land. He also floated suggestions for expanding university faculties and improving security.
President Ghani said: “I am ready to allocate land for the university and provide necessary facilities for it.”
He directed the officials concerned to appoint a delegation for the acquisition of land for the university.
The Kabul Times