Tarakhel reminds Ghani of his promise

KABUL (Pajhwok): A Kuchi tribe representative in the Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Thursday reminded President Ashraf Ghani of his election campaign promise to shorten distance between mosque and the Presidential Palace.

Maulvi Tarakhel Mohammad was addressing a graduation ceremony for 200 students of a religious seminary belonging to Ahl-i-Sunnah Al-Jamat in Kabul.

The lawmaker said the government should give importance to seminaries to enable Afghans to avoid going to neighbouring countries in pursuit of religious studies.

Tarakhel said President Ghani during his election campaign had promised he would narrow the distance between mosque and the Presidential Palace and he should fulfill his promise.

“The president should give importance to religious institutes and I believe if the president did so no Afghan will send his children to a foreign country for Islamic education.”

“Those who graduated today are asking me will their certificates be acceptable to the government or not? How can I make them believe yes it is acceptable so that we have more lovers of the Quran.”

Tarakhel said efforts would be made to increase the capacity of Quran learners in order no one from outside could dare issue decrees of jihad for Afghans.

“O cruel! O encroacher! How can you give fitwa for jihad against Afghan forces? May God destroy you.”

He did not name anyone. But few months ago, Pakistan’s Jamiat-i-Ulema Islam (JUI) leader Maulana Fazl Rahman and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan had called jihad in Afghanistan as legitimate.

Tarekhel said the Afghans had allowed foreign troops in their country under a series of urgencies. No Afghan was happy with their presence, he said.

He hoped one day all Afghans would join hands and put to an end the existing problems.

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