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Religious leaders may visit Kabul

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pakistanlink   Oct 16,2001
Religious leaders may visit Kabul

PESHAWAR: In yet another attempt to persuade the adamant Taleban leadership to expel Osama bin Laden from their war-ravaged country to avoid a showdown with the United States a representative delegation of renowned religious parties would soon leave here for Kabul.

Well informed sources of Jamaat-e-Islami said here that the delegation would comprise Secretary General of his own faction of Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam (JUI), Maulana Fazlur Rehman, JUI-S chief, Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, Chief of Jamaat-e-Islama, Qazi Hussain Ahmed and Jamiat-e-Ulema Pakistan (JUP), Maulana Shah Ahmed Noorani.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman has been assigned the responsibility of maintaining a liaison with Taleban officials regarding such an important visit to Afghanistan.

The source maintained that decision was taken after National Awami Party Pakistan (NAPP) central chief, Ajmal Khattak failed to form peace jirga of Afghanistan's eminent political and religious leaders to bring peace and stability to that country.

The political and religious circles were giving great importance to such visits to Afghanistan.

The date of visit was not yet mentioned which would be decided soon after mutual consultation with Taleban officials, the source added.