Legislators in Afghanistan’s Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) on Wednesday raised doubts over a recent anti-terror Fatwa (religious decree) reportedly signed by over 2,000 clerics in Pakistan, saying the Fatwa was as a result of ongoing pressure on the political front in Pakistan by the United States, reported Tolo news.

At least 2,000 Pakistani religious scholars, representing different schools of thoughts, on Saturday reportedly signed a fatwa that declared suicide attacks, armed insurgency against a state and use of force in the name of imposing Shariah law (Islamic law) as forbidden in Islam.

Meanwhile, President Ashraf Ghani said in a statement that the decree by the Pakistani clerics shouldn’t be limited to a particular geography. 

Pakistan’s notorious cleric Maulana Fazal-ur-Rahman, who is an influential politician, powerful cleric, and the Secretary-General of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F), has on several occasions legitimized fighting Jihad (holy war) in Afghanistan. 

He said that Pakistan’s foreign policy on Afghanistan has failed.

“Pakistani clerics’ fatwa came at the wrong time,” said one MP,  Wazhma Safai. 

“Why was this decision not made ten years ago, prohibiting suicide attacks are prohibited,” said MP Habib Afghan.

“The pressures recently imposed on Pakistan have led to results,” MP Ghulam Farooq Majroh said.

“The Fatwa by Pakistani clerics bans suicide attacks in Pakistan, but not in Afghanistan,” said MP Obaidullah Barakazai.

The decree by the Pakistani clerics comes at a time that Pakistan has been severely criticized by Afghanistan and the international community over its controversial role in the fight against terrorism.