ISLAMABAD: Prominent Ulema belonging to Deoband school of thought on Monday called upon the federal government and Pakistani Taliban to declare ceasefire in the name of Allah Almighty and His Messenger (Peace Be upon Him) and urged both sides to halt armed action until the outcome of peace talks.
An important meeting was held in Islamabad on Monday with Maulana Salimullah Khan in the chair while Mufti Rafi Usmani, Maulana Mufti Taqi Usmani, Dr Abdul Razaq Sikandar, Maulana Fazl Muhammad, Qari Hanif Jalindhari, Syed Adnan Kakakhel, Maulana Muhammad Hasan, Maulana Mukhtaruddin and Maulana Abdul Baba Shah Mansoor also attended the meeting.
In a joint statement issued after the meeting, the Ulema urged both sides to halt armed action until the outcome of peace talks.
The Ulema said the country was in civil was situation and some elements wanted to close the doors for peace.
They expressed satisfaction on the decision by the government, military and the Taliban about ending civil war through dialogues. They also said that bloodshed was not the solution of any issue.