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Pakistan Scholars Council condemns Qatar’s ‘complicity with Iran’

Tahir Ashrafi, head of the powerful Ulema Council of clerics, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Islamabad December 13, 2013. (File photo: Reuters)

The Pakistan Ulema (scholars) Council has expressed its condemnation of Qatar’s support for Houthi militias and their complicity with Iran against Saudi Arabia, according to a statement released on Monday.

“It is regrettable and alarming that the State of Qatar announced its support for Iran after the Arab-American Islamic Summit, in which 56 Islamic countries announced their efforts to combat terrorism,” said Taher Mahmood al-Ashrafi, chairman of the council.

The council also condemned Qatar’s of terrorist and extremist organizations that “seek to destabilize security in a number of Islamic countries”.

The statement issued by the council in Islamabad also urged the government of Qatar to take into account “the feelings of Muslims in Iraq, Syria and Yemen and address the reservations of the Islamic nation against its position, which led to the unity of the Islamic nation and weakened its entity”.

“Qatar should have sought the support of Muslims in Syria, Iraq and Yemen rather than supporting Iran in its regional plans,” the statement added.

Earlier on Monday, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Maldives and Mauritius all declared they have severed ties with Qatar over the latter’s recent policies on extremism and terrorist financing.

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Last Update: Monday, 5 June 2017 KSA 21:26 - GMT 18:26
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