The cleric, Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi of the All Pakistan Ulema Council, said in a television interview that suicide attacks in Afghanistan are lawful because NATO troops are invaders that have occupied the country.
Karzai noted that Ashrafi
was appointed to the delegation by the Pakistani government, implying that the government in Islamabad was backing his views.
said that his
comments had been taken out of context and that he
considered suicide bombings un-Islamic.
said that he
was asked in an interview about his
views on suicide bombings in Afghanistan and said that it was natural that people would fight back when their homes were occupied but that didn't necessarily mean suicide bombings.
said Karzai's statement has shut the door to the Pakistani clerics taking part in the planned conference of religious leaders.