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Pakistani clerics threaten to boycott peace conference after dispute with Afghan delegation

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Roadside barber Adnan Khan shaves his customer in the suburbs of Islamabad, Pakistan on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Khan earns about Rs. 600 (US$6) a day to feed his family living in slum. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash) (The Associated Press)

Pakistani clerics have threated to boycott a peace conference slated to be held in Kabul after disputes with a visiting Afghan delegation.

Both countries announced in November they plan to hold a conference of religious scholars to denounce militant violence in the name of Islam.

But on Tuesday, the head of the All Pakistan Ulema Council accused the visiting Afghan clerics of trying to use the conference to denounce the Taliban and elicit support for the Afghan government.

Maulana Tahir-ul-Ashrafi, who leads the Pakistani delegation, insisted the Taliban be invited to the event to advance the peace process. He threatened to boycott the conference.

A member of the Afghan delegation, Aminullah Muzafery, says it's not possible to invite the Taliban. He says the two sides would further discuss conference plans.