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Indonesia to host Ulama Conference on Afghanistan peace

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Indonesia to host Ulama Conference on Afghanistan peace
 It is determined that a big Ulama Conference is to be soon held for Afghanistan peace in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia.
Officials to High Peace Council (HPC) say after national consensus in connection with peace process in Afghanistan, National Unity Government (NUG) has kicked off efforts for creating regional consensus to reach peace and stability.
“Holding Ulama Meeting is very significant for Afghanistan and the region as the aim of the meeting is to maintain peace and kick off peace talks with the Taliban group,” said Ihsan Tahiri, a spokesperson to HPC.
He stressed that the meeting would be attended by ulamas and religious figures of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Indonesia to discuss the Afghan peace effort.
Yet, members of Lower House of Afghanistan parliament have also considered the Jakarga meeting as significant, hoping that ulama would issue fatwa against ongoing war in Afghanistan.
“Islamic countries by great responsibility they can convince armed opponent of Afghanistan government to stop violence and join the Afghan peace process,” said Qazi Abdul Rahim, member of Lower House.
Asif Sediqi, second deputy of Afghanistan Senate, says regional and international meetings on Afghanistan would be constructive. He stressed that declaring the ongoing war in Afghanistan as unlawful in Jakarta meeting would further strengthen the Afghan peace effort.
“Religious ulamas of Afghanistan who will participate in Jakarta Ulama Meeting should make effort to issue fatwas against ongoing war and violence in Afghanistan and the region as well as tell other religious ulamas of Pakistan and Indonesia that the Afghan ongoing war is not for Islam but only for Afghan-killing and Muslim-killing,” Sediqi added.
He further said that honestly cooperation was needed in this regard so religious ulama raise their voice against armed opponent group, added that if they do so, it will be a big achievement for Afghanistan government.
Another member of Afghanistan Lower House of parliament Zaheer Sadat says those countries that are fighting against terrorism should work for regional consensus in order to control terrorism. He added that no effort would be effective until regional consensus was not created against terrorism in the region.
“The world countries should now fight terrorism by following a new mechanism and strategy,” Sadat said, adding that the threats of terrorism won’t diminish in the region and world until Pakistan is not isolated.
One of issues in Afghanistan peace talks is the role of regional and far regional countries. Can such efforts be effective for convincing the armed opponent group to peace talks?
Answering the question, Jamal Farahmand, an Afghan researcher and expert, said: “Since establishment of High Peace Council, many regional and far regional countries have made efforts towards bringing peace in Afghanistan. Now if regional and far regional consensus really and honestly cooperate in Afghan peace process, it will be very effective and constructive.”
He believes that we should make use of Indonesia’s experiences for reaching peace and stability in Afghanistan. He added that Pakistani ulamas should discuss all causes of insecurities in Afghanistan and should tell their country’s army generals that insecurities in Afghanistan were not in the interest of Pakistan.
It is worth mentioning that holding Jakarta Ulama Meeting was initiated by the Indonesian President during his visit to Kabul in January. 
It is hoped that results of the meeting can convince the armed opponent group to stop violence and join the Afghan peace process.