Gharyani to Sarraj: Were Not for the Mujahideen, the Presidential Council and the State Council Would Be in Jail – Al Marsad

The Islamist cleric Sadiq al-Gharyani, the former Grand Mufti of Libya, who is currently aligned with the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), in in a television broadcast described those calling for a truce as “enemies of the nation and the state” in reference to the call by the UNSMIL Head, Ghassan Salamé, for a permanent ceasefire.

[Libya, 18 August 2019] – Speaking over the weekend, Sadiq al-Gharyani, who was impeached by the Libyan House of Representatives (HoR), in a string of extreme pronouncements accused the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by its Commander-in-Chief, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, of conducting acts of “banditry and armed robbery.” The impeached cleric called for dealing with the LNA affiliates as bandits who commit acts of criminality unless they repent and surrender.

He described those who talk of a truce as either naive or accomplices, or enemies of the nation and the state. “Neither reconciliation, nor appeasement can work with Haftar. Nothing but the sword can work with an unjust enemy like Haftar. There is no applicable Islamic ruling in his case except punishment by retribution,” stressed Gharyani.

Sadiq al-Gharyani addressed the GNA by saying: “The truce you agreed to have no legal or customary basis. Hasn’t he [Haftar] given you a pledge in Abu Dhabi; look what he did to you.”

In the same context, Gharyani concluded by addressing  Fayez al-Sarraj, the GNA President: “If it were not for the youth, the mujahideen, the free men, the fighters and the underdog, as well as God’s grace, the thrones of both the Presidential Council and the High Council of the State would have been demolished.”

@ Al Marsad English. 2019.