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DELEGATION OF ISLAMIC
SPIRITUAL LEADERS ARRIVES IN AFGHANISTAN
Paris, March 11 (No.2001-37) – UNESCO
Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura yesterday conveyed a letter, through his
special envoy in Afghanistan Pierre Lafrance, to Mullah Omar demanding that he
suspend his edict to destroy pre-Islamic Afghan statues until the arrival of an
important religious delegation.
In the letter, the Director-General noted his
consultations with numerous Ulemas (Islamic religious leaders) and proposed that
the Taliban edict be suspended and re-examined by Afghanistan’s Supreme Court
upon a hearing with the delegation of specialists of Islamic law, which this
morning left Doha, Qatar, and has arrived in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
The religious delegation of some 15 members is
led by Doctor Nasr Farid Wasil, the Mufti of Egypt and includes, notably,
Ibrabim Baker, Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs of the
Organization of the Islamic Conference; Sheikh Yousef Al-Kardawi of Doha; Sheikh
Mohamad Al-Rawi, Ulema of Al-Azhar; the well-known Islamic author, Fahmi al-Hwadi;
along with other judges of the Sharia (Islamic law) and professors. They are
expected to meet with Afghan religious leaders and Mullah Omar.
Mr Matsuura expressed gratitude to the Emir of
Qatar—the country that is currently presiding the Organization of the Islamic
Conference, the largest organization in the Muslim world—for making an
aircraft available for the delegation.