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Time for Ulema to play effective role in peace, stability of Afghanistan

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Time for Ulema to play effective role in peace, stability of Afghanistan
 Afghans believe that religious scholars have vital role in achieving the goal of peace, prosperity and development in the country and no one can deny their role in such a war which is being fought misusing the religious believes. Meanwhile killing of innocent Afghans is neither a holy war nor Jihad—something the Taliban insurgents and other extremist groups have been adhering to be. 
Yesterday attackers drove an ambulance laden with explosives past a police checkpoint near the old interior ministry building and Jamhoriat hospital and martyred around 40 innocent people and injured another 140. The Taliban militants claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.
Taliban who attack holy and public places, using any means like ambulances and Holy Quran are indeed the hardline militants, which even show no mercy to the women and children. They can’t deceive Afghans through calling their irrational war as holy war against Afghan people.
Indeed, the faithful Muslims never kill innocent people, innocent children and women. How is it possible the terrorist groups claiming to be strong Muslim believers but kill the innocent Afghan masses? The Islam prohibits killing of none-believers and the fresh wave of bomb blasts in in the capital Kabul and other parts of the country is a matter of grave concern which requires Ulema’s role to put end to ongoing so-called war against Afghans.
Currently on an official visit to Islamabad, Indonesian President in a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Mamnoon Hussain suggested the formation of a three-nation committee of religious scholars to promote peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. He said Islamic scholars from Indonesia, Afghanistan and Pakistan could promote a peaceful settlement of the conflict — a proposal endorsed by President Hussain.
He stressed a negotiated end to armed conflicts that took a heavy toll on women and children and stymied economic stability and prosperity in the region.
At the current scenario, the Islamic scholars and Ulema can play a key role to counter the growing radicalism in Islamic countries, especially in Afghanistan. They must come forward and boldly speak out against the suicide attacks and others forms of terrorism in which civilians are killed.
Such cooperation of Ulema are needed not only in Afghanistan but also in other Muslim countries. Terrorists are destructing the image of Islam and Islam is not the religion of Afghans only, but it pertains to more than 2 billion people around the world. 
Terrorism and extremism are the greatest challenges facing the Muslim Ummah today and therefore it becomes the responsibility of the Islamic thinkers, scholars and Ulema to counter those wrong interpretation and misuse of Islamic codes.
In Afghanistan, the religious figures have considerable influence among the public particularly in rural areas where the Taliban attract their recruits the most. If the government of Afghanistan and the Ulema Council manage to promote a more effective anti-Taliban campaign targeting the group’s legitimacy, the mainstream supporters of the Taliban will start shrinking and the Taliban will gradually lose their legitimacy. 
Afghans must not turn blind eye that hater being spread in the name of religion and it’s the duty of the Ulema not only in Afghanistan but across the world, to free it from hate and violence and restore peace and stability in the region.