Saturday, August 19, 2006

We Are The Light Of The World - Persecution In Afghanistan

NGO's accused of preaching Christianity (from the Pajhwok Afghan News)

KUNDUZ CITY, Aug 17 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Ulema council of the northern Kunduz province on Thursday demanded immediate expulsion of two NGOs (Non Governmental Organizations) accusing them of preaching Christianity in the province.

Maulvi Faiz Mohammad Faiz, head of the ulema council, the body comprising pro-government religious scholars, told Pajhwok Afghan News they had proofs regarding involvement of the two Korean-funded NGOs, Ilham and Shukrana, in converting destitute children to Christianity.

He said they were ready to produce the evidence before the court if the government demanded so. "If the local officials fail to close offices of the two NGOs till Saturday, the ulema council will take action against them on its own," he warned.

However, Haji Toryalai, in charge of the Shukrana NGO, rejected the accusations as baseless and said they were imparting education to orphans and the NGO was funded by the United States and Korea.

Attaur Rahman, in charge of Ilham, also rejected the allegations and said there was no difference between those torching schooling and those who are closing its gates for students. He said both were the same people with different names.

Provincial Governor engineer Mohammad Omar said over one hundred ulema and elders had gathered at Wakil Abdur Rahman Khan Mosque in the province and demanded closure of offices of the two NGOs.

The governor said he had warned the NGO officials that action would be taken against them if found involved in any such act. He said the ulema had lodged the same complaint with the provincial government last week.

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