Mullah Omar warns against attending conference on suicide attacks

A couple of weeks ago, we noted that the Taliban had issued a policy statement condemning a forthcoming Islamic conference on suicide bombings as a “fraudulent gathering” and “clear American intrigue.” The statement urged scholars from across the Islamic world to boycott the conference, in support of the mujahideen, their “spiritual offspring.” [See Threat Matrix report, Taliban spurn Islamic scholars’ conference on suicide bombings.]

Now Mullah Omar, the emir of the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, has come out squarely against the conference, which is sponsored by the Afghan High Peace Council and is supposed to take place in Kabul later this month. In a statement to the media on Jan. 9, Mullah Omar warned that clerics who participate in the conference will be “answerable to God” and will be discredited by the believers, TOLOnews reports.

The conference, which was agreed upon in December by representatives of the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan, plans to consider the morality of suicide attacks as well as discuss the progress of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban and allied insurgent groups. As a regional Ulema gathering attended by Islamic scholars from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, it will have the authority to issue a fatwa condemning suicide attacks as haram (forbidden).

According to The News, the four-page statement released by Mullah Omar on Jan. 9 urged clerics associated with Darul Aloom Deoband and Jamia Al Azhar to shun the conference, condemned the conference as a desperate ploy by the United States, and reiterated the Taliban’s insistence that “they will not lay down weapons until achievement of their goals and establishment of a real Islamic state.”

There are some suggestions that the conference may not take place as scheduled at the end of January. The Nation reports that Kabul and Islamabad are asking Saudi Arabia to “send a high profile Ulema delegation to participate in the conference,” and that such efforts, even if delayed, are necessary to achieving reconciliation in Afghanistan.

This latest Taliban statement makes abundantly clear that the Taliban intend not only to keep the upper hand in religious matters (i.e., to retain the ability to conduct suicide attacks), but also to undermine any attempts at reconciliation in Afghanistan. Additionally, Mullah Omar’s statement is a strong indication that the Taliban have no intention of abandoning suicide bombings, a tactic that is linked to the Taliban’s close ally, al Qaeda.

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  • mike merlo says:

    That this position should be made public while Karzai is busy meeting with his counterparts & supporters while in the US should come as no surprise.
    “answerable to God,” a polite way of saying Mullah Omar’s Murder Inc., will find & ‘fix’ whoever & one’s extended network ties.
    Another indicator of Mullah Omars’ desperate need to hold the religious(ideological) ‘high ground.’ Also another indicator of an insurgency entering a tenuous phase in which schism’s of consequence are surfacing among ‘it.’

  • James says:

    That’s a pretty bold statement from ol’ cyclops when you consider that he lacks the kahunas to show his face from inside Afghanistan and most likely hides behind woman’s garb in Pakistan.
    I will emphasize though that I’ve analyzed at least some of this guy’s writings and I am absolutely convinced that he holds nothing but seething contempt for kabul king karzai.

  • imran says:

    i have been reading the article and comments and so many have said much but yet no 1 has pointed out the cause of war, how its carried out and most of all is this war religiously motivated by mullah omar and the enemy’s his fighting against, if so then why for so many years no 1 has pointed out this man who now they call the Commander of the faithfull’s is actually the whole cause the beginning and the end of this bloody war, is the awaited anti-christ, the dajjal.
    and yes he is and he is still alive in pakistan
    thats all folks


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