Religious scholars returned home after ‘fruitful’ meeting with top Afghan Taliban leaders


A delegation of notable Pakistani religious scholars who returned home on Friday after “fruitful” meetings with top Afghan and Pakistani Taliban leaders in Afghanistan expressed hope that the Afghan girls will soon be allowed to attend schools in their country.

Furthermore, Pakistani religious leaders were optimistic about their meetings with the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), promising them their full support for the restoration of peace in Pakistan.

The Afghan Taliban had invited the top religious leaders who visited Kabul under the leadership of Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani. The Ulema held meetings with senior Afghan Taliban leaders including Afghanistan’s acting prime minister Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund, interior minister Sirajuddin Haqqani, the education minister, etc and discussed various issues related to the girls’ education and engaging the Afghan people in the development of their country.

The Ulema sees this as an opportunity and sought help and support from their Afghan hosts in organising a meeting with TTP. According to sources, Maulana Tayyab arranged the second meeting with the Pakistani Taliban after the first failed. When contacted upon his arrival in Peshawar, Maulana Tayyab told that their visit was very fruitful, claiming that they discussed almost all important issues with both the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban.—INP

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