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Muslim antiterrorism coalition asked to cut off funding sources for terrorism

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: As its prerequisites for joining Muslim antiterrorism coalition, the government should urge the alliance to cut off all funding sources for terrorism in the region and support Afghan security forces, said a number of lawmakers and political analysts.

Saudi Arabia recently announced the formation of a coalition of 34 largely Muslim nations to fight terrorism.

Nazir Ahmad Ahmadzai, the second deputy speaker of Wolesi Jirga, told Azadi Radio that if the coalition is genuine one, then it should take action against the countries that are supporting terrorists groups in Afghanistan. “The coalition should also support Afghan air force,” he added. He said that Afghanistan will enter the coalition, if it met the conditions.

This comes at a time that government have neither accepted, nor rejected the proposal of Suadi Arabia to join the coalition.

A government official has told Azadi Radio that the proposal would be discussed in next session of the National Security Council (NSC) on Tuesday.

A number of political analysts said that the government should consider national interests in joining the coalition.

Kabir Rangbar, a political analyst, also said that as its prerequisites for joining the coalition, the Afghan government should ask the alliance to cut financial sources of terrorism in Afghanistan and support Afghan security forces.

He believes that mainly financial supporters of terrorism in Afghanistan are either some states, or wealthy individuals living in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey.