Decree Banning Afghans from Engaging in Warfare Abroad Raises Hopes in Pakistan

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A recent decree issued by Afghanistan’s Darul Ifta Office, council of religious decree, has brought hope to Pakistan in curbing the cross-border activities of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The decree prohibits people from waging jihad outside of Afghanistan, providing an opportunity to reduce the insurgent activities carried out by TTP.

According to the Afghan government’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, the decree states that individuals can only be sent for warfare outside Afghanistan upon orders from the leader of the Islamic Emirates, as reported by Afghan media.

The decree gained recognition from Afghan Religious Scholar Mufti Abdul Rauf, who emphasized through a video message covered by Afghan media that engaging in jihad in foreign lands is not a responsibility for Afghan nationals. He encouraged ulema to consult references in books and study them before considering otherwise. Additionally, he asserted that jihad is not obligatory for individuals.

The Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) Emir, Sirajul Haq, praised the decree as a commendable move by the Supreme Leader of the Afghan Taliban, Hibatullah Akhunzada, in the fight against terrorism in Pakistan. Mr. Haq stated in a tweet that peace in Pakistan is crucial for Afghanistan and emphasized the significance of strong relations between Islamabad and Kabul for future generations and regional trade promotion. He also highlighted the potential benefits of peace in both Pakistan and Afghanistan for the entire Central Asia region.

In conclusion, this decree brings hope to Pakistan in curbing the cross-border activities of TTP. It encourages peace and stronger relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan, leading to regional stability and prosperity in the future.

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