As senior Pakistani clerics are lending legitimacy to Taliban militants fighting in Afghanistan, they have been invited to a debate with their Afghan counterparts.
The invitation was extended during a press conference in Kabul by the Ulema Council, Afghanistan’s highest religious authority.
Mohammad Qasim Halimi, a spokesman for Ulema Council, said that the council is ready to debate with Pakistani religious scholars over illegitimacy of insurgency in Afghanistan.
Senior Pakistani clerics including Fazlur Rehman and Sami-ul-Haq have backed Taliban’s battle in Afghanistan.
In a recent statement, Fazlur Rehman, who is also the chief of one of Pakistan’s largest religious parties, the Jamiat-i-Ulema Islam, said that the rule of the Taliban was the rule of people.
Halimi said that statements of Fazlur Rehman had no religious credibility, calling his remarks against Islamic teachings.
The spokesman further called Fazlur Rehman a spying mufti and hireling of Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI.
He noted that more than 99 percent of the Afghan people are Muslims and that the constitution is according to Islam.