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OIC chief deplores continued suicide bombings, violent attacks in Afghanistan

Jeddah Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen strongly deplored renewed wave of suicide bombings and violent attacks resulting in civilian casualties and physical damage in Afghanistan, prior to the second meeting of the Kabul Process scheduled to be held on Wednesday.

On Saturday, attacks once again rocked Afghanistan's capital Kabul, as well as Helmand and Farah provinces, indiscriminately claiming lives of innocent civilians and Afghan security forces, undermining security and stability in the country, said an OIC statement.

There can be no justification for any violent action and killing under the pretext of the Holy Qur'an and Islam, and those who perpetrate suicide attacks against civilians do not represent the faith of Islam, OIC chief said.

He recited the resolution of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) endorsed by the Islamic summit of the heads of state and government that "calls on the OIC member states and the international community to support the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned inclusive peace and reconciliation process to reach a political solution based on the principles of renunciation of violence, cutting ties with all terrorists groups, preservation of Afghanistan's democratic achievements and respect for the Afghan Constitution for a peaceful, stable and democratic Afghanistan."

Al-Othaimeen appealed to all member states and their institutions to spare no efforts in helping the Afghan National Unity Government at this crucial time. He considered that the success of the government will raise hopes for lasting peace, stability and economic prosperity in the country.

The secretary general also highlighted the CFM's resolution urging all OIC member states and the international community to extend support to the government of Afghanistan in its fight against terrorism and encourage all Muslim scholars to unanimously and strongly condemn terrorism, through fatwas, preaching and holding international events.

Source: International Islamic News Agency