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Abdullah Urges Ulema to Stand Against Misuses of Islam

Afghanistan's religious scholars must not remain silent on crimes committed under the pretense of Islam, Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah said on Monday.

A number of religious scholars on Monday announced support for Abdullah's campaign, after enumerating their wants and needs should he be elected.

“We demand a path be paved for students to pursue education at the masters and Ph.D. level in Shariat Department," Maulavi Abdul Diyan said. "Learning opportunities in prominent Islamic universities should also be developed."

Abdullah made his own requests as well, urging the scholars to make a stand against misinterpretations of Islam and expressing public support for the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). He also encouraged them to be more vocal in their advocacy against domestic violence.

“Religious scholars must focus on the crimes that are committed in the country; they should ensure that the public is not deceived by the enemies of the country," Abdullah said. "This is quite a sensitive issue."

Abdullah also met with MP Baktash Siavash and requested that he end his sit-in, which he has held in front of Parliament since last week. Siavash has refused to compromise in his demand that President Hamid Karzai do more to show sympathy and solidarity for the families of fallen soldiers, a protest sparked by the Kunar ambush that left 21 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers dead two Sunday's ago.

In the past few days, two other Presidential candidates also met with Siavash.

Abdullah asserted that every government is obliged to honor and pay tribute to the sacrifices rendered by the country's security forces, however, he told Siavash that it was unlikely Karzai's administration would be responsive.

Monday, 03 March 2014, TOLO News

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