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Taliban seeks to wipe out opposing religious clerics (moderates)
« on: November 22, 2013, 03:33:09 PM »

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Taliban Assassinating Moderate Religious Clerics

The Taliban is engaged in an on-going and systematic silencing of religious opposition to its militant movement.  Over 800 religious scholars and tribal elders have been killed by the group over the last eight years with the latest attack last week against Maulawi Ata Muhammad, a prominent scholar and head of programming for the local radio station, who was shot to death in Kandahar.

Many of the dead were either clerics in local mosques or teachers in government schools. Close to 50 were members of the National Council of Ulama, an organization established by the Afghan government in 2002 to provide a legitimate alternative to the Taliban.

The deaths have created a dearth of religious authorities, a necessary and stabilizing component of Afghani society that relies on its “mullahs” for leadership as well as advice on numerous matters. 

Many of those left alive have either been intimidated into silence or have chosen not to take a stance on issues concerning tactics used by the Taliban or the presence of government-sanctioned foreign troops in Afghanistan.  Hundreds have received warnings, letting them know they are on the Taliban’s radar and threatening them if they speak against the group.

Some, after making speeches opposing the Taliban in their mosques or local radio stations have been forced to flee their villages to save their lives.

The National Council of Ulama, in particular, has issued edicts against the group, denouncing its tactics such as suicide bombings and the killing of civilians. Interestingly, the majority of the council is comprised of former mujahideen, including a few former Taliban members, who fought against the Soviets when they invaded Afghanistan in the 1980s.

"Many things are done in the name of religion, which are not justified by religion, such as destroying and damaging mosques and schools," says Qazi Nisar Ahmad Siddiqui, head of the secretariat of the National Council of Ulama.

A number of the Council’s 3,000 members who have been killed were murdered by their students, who became radicalized by the Taliban’s ideology and joined the group.

In related news, nine children were killed in Afghanistan by two roadside bomb attacks. In one attack, seven of the children belonged to one family, with three other children from the family wounded in the attack. The children were all playing in the road at the time.

The second attack occurred when the vehicle of a family on a shopping trip hit a bomb on the road.  A child as well as the father were wounded in that attack.

Also killed in recent days were six policemen, their decapitated bodies found several days after the men had disappeared.  Hundreds of Afghani security forces have been killed by the Taliban this year after the group warned that anyone joining government, military or police forces would be targeted.

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