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Islamic nations’ cooperation crucial for peace in Afghanistan

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Islamic nations’ cooperation crucial for peace in Afghanistan
 The teachings of  Islam prohibit terrorism and condemn unwarranted violence and bloodshed. Muslim scholars and leaders from all parts of the world in the past and present have repeatedly condemned terrorism and issued Islamic legal rulings or fatwas against terrorism and related acts. Many of these directly respond to an actual incident of terrorism in which civilians were targeted by extremists claiming to act in the name of Islam.
In March 2010, Sheikh Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, a leading Pakistani cleric, published a 600-page Fatwa on Terrorism and Suicide Bombings, endorsed by Al-Azhar University, which prohibited killing Muslim and non-Muslim civilians and destroying property and places of worship. The fatwa also affirmed the unlawfulness of imposing Islam on others, and that the only permissible way in Islam to change a government is through peaceful and legal means.
But contrary to Tahi-ul-Qadri, other Pakistan scholars have time and again endorsed Jihad in Afghanistan, saying suicide bombing was allowed and that the suicide attackers would go paradise for killing Afghans and the country’s security forces.
But since the suicide attacks surged in Pakistan too, the same scholars came together and denounced the attacks, calling it against Islam and the religion’s teachings. They prohibited suicide bombings only in Pakistan and remained silent against what they called Jihad in Afghanistan. 
The Fatwa endorsed by Pakistan scholars can be appreciated, but only if they declare suicide bombings un-Islamic in Afghanistan too. Pakistani scholars should know that Islam is not only for Pakistanis, but for all humankind and killing of the innocent people are not allowed in Islam and is against the holy religion.
Meanwhile The visiting Indonesian President Joko Widodo and President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani discussed bilateral cooperation, including working together for peace in the war-shattered Afghanistan.
President Joko Widodo, who arrived in Afghanistan on one-day state visit on Monday, held talks with National Unity Leaders and proposed a joint role of religious scholars of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Indonesia for peace in Afghanistan. He proposed the same mechanism while meeting Pakistani officials in Islamabad the other day.
President Widodo’s comments came amid reports that Indonesia wants to play a role in Afghan peace.In fact, in November last year Chief of Afghanistan High Peace Council Karim Khalili visited Indonesia where he held discussions with high-ranking Indonesian officials including President Joko Widodo on the peace process in Afghanistan.
It is the time that besides Indonesia which is an Islamic country, the Organization of the Islamic Countries and the member states mustalso expose the dangerous game of the extremists and the terrorists.
It is the utmost responsibility of Islamic countries to lay down severe punishment for anybody accused of any act leading to earn infamy for Muslims. The Islamic countries must be united against the terrorist and extremist and against those states which are sponsoring terrorism for their own interests.
Afghanistan has been witnessing war and bloodshed for almost four decades and millions of the country’s innocent people martyred or injured during the last 40 years.The terrorists and extremists with their so-called Jihad, taking lives of the civilians on daily basis in Afghanistan which is neither allowed in Islam nor in any other religion in the world.
As the Afghan people defend their country and the achievements of the last 17 years, in continued partnership with the international community, they continue to extend the hand of honest friendship and fraternity to their Muslim neighbors and other Muslim nations, asking them to allow peace and stability to take root in Afghanistan and the region. It is only peace that would enable the region to prosper together and coexist in harmony.