September 20, 2001

The verdict from Taliban clerics

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) -- Following are parts of the text issued by clerics from Afghanistan's Grand Islamic Council on Thursday. Around 600 clerics, or ulema make up the council.

"The nation of Afghanistan has always referred major issues to honorable ulema for a solution. The honorable ulema have always endeavored to find a solution to problems."

...The ulema of Afghanistan, in the face of their heavy responsibility for the solution of the problems, and in the light of Islam's holy religion, endorse the following decision and verdict:

If in the light of the above-mentioned decisions, America does not agree and attacks Afghanistan, then, in the light of the sacred Shariah [law] the following verdict is presented:

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