Altaf Hussain says he is ready to talk to the Taliban

Published: January 12, 2012
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MQM chief says he is ready to talk to the Taliban for the sake of the country. PHOTO: FILE

MQM chief says he is ready to talk to the Taliban for the sake of the country. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Thursday announced that he is ready to talk to the Taliban for the sake of Pakistan, Express News reported.

Hussain appealed to the Taliban leadership and fighters to understand “the conspiracies of the enemies.”

The MQM has been staunchly against the Taliban and have run multiple campaigns against them in the past.

It had earlier been reported that ‘secret talks’ between Pakistan’s security agencies and the local Taliban – who have reportedly splintered down into many different groups – had entered a decisive phase.

Both sides were hoping that negotiations would culminate in a ‘lasting’ agreement to help restore peace in the country’s lawless tribal lands.

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  • Imran
    Jan 12, 2012 - 6:24PM

    Hota hay Shab o Roz Tamasha mairay aagay … :) End game requires this now , plus MQP , PTI will become more closer …

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  • Saad
    Jan 12, 2012 - 6:26PM

    You mean he will “call” the Taliban from London, the exact way he “talks” to everyone?

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  • Jan 12, 2012 - 6:30PM

    its very difficult to comprehend altaf

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  • Khan
    Jan 12, 2012 - 6:34PM

    Now everyone is ready from Obama to Altaf, but when Imran was saying, he was called Taliban Khan by the same people.

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  • correct option
    Jan 12, 2012 - 6:36PM

    Hussain appealed to the Taliban leadership and fighters to understand “the conspiracies of the enemies.”

    And here I was, thinking THEY are the enemies!

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  • Mango Man
    Jan 12, 2012 - 6:56PM

    It would be a nice and funny experience for Taliban to do a telephonic talk or video conference :) They would be logging on Skype having missiles and guns in hands. What a funny statement.

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  • Hairaan
    Jan 12, 2012 - 7:02PM

    In Urdu, Pashto or English………..???????????

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  • Saqib Mohiuddin
    Jan 12, 2012 - 7:13PM

    In the current political situation of Pakistan where everything is extremely fragile right now……this is a great call. We are already fighting within and trying to determine who is “Traitor”, and then the news comes in that 15 20 FC personal are kidnapped and coldblooded murdered. If we can avoid this by talking to Taliban…..why not?
    I salute Altaf Hussain for his vision.

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  • Hope
    Jan 12, 2012 - 7:16PM

    it is impossible as the area where talibans are living there are signal problems….. :P

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  • Some One
    Jan 12, 2012 - 7:25PM

    @ Hairaan- In Urdu of course, afterall Urdu is the national language of Pakistan!!

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  • Ahmad
    Jan 12, 2012 - 7:30PM

    @Khan:

    Excellent Point

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  • Hamid
    Jan 12, 2012 - 7:31PM

    Well it’s about time Mr. Hussain, that you decided to take part in this. We have only been waiting for like what 10 year’s or so. Well Done.

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  • Dr. Who!
    Jan 12, 2012 - 7:51PM

    Wasn’t Altaf Bhai agitating against the Taliban and feared that Karachi was being taken over by them?
    What caused this overnight conversion? Recommend

  • Khuldun
    Jan 12, 2012 - 7:53PM

    Doesn’t he need to be in Pakistan to do that?

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  • riz
    Jan 12, 2012 - 8:37PM

    @Khuldun – He said he will “Talk” not take them out for movie and dinner.

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  • Eyes wide shut
    Jan 12, 2012 - 8:41PM

    @Hairaan: Don’t be pareshaan.
    In Punglish.( combo of Pushto, Urdu, English.) I wish I could eavesdrop. On a serious note, it’s a good development guys. Don’t be too cynical about everything.

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  • Xyz
    Jan 12, 2012 - 8:50PM

    I really dont understand why anyone wants to make peace with the Taliban when their leaders like faqir mohd clearly state they wont stop fighting until they implement their own twisted version of Sharia in Pakistan. How much longer will this madness persist?

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jan 12, 2012 - 9:17PM

    US government is in secret talk with Taliban and the CIA has removed the name of Mullah Omar from the wanted criminal list.

    On the other hand Taliban has been allowed to open offices in different countries.

    Taking in view of the consideration, Mr. Altaf Hussain has taken the initiative to talk to Taliban.

    I wonder if some political party may award a ticket to a Taliban for contesting Senate election scheduled to be held in the month of March 2012. If not this time, Taliban will make their way to get National Assembly tickets from FATA and KP.

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  • talal
    Jan 12, 2012 - 9:43PM

    Mr altaf hussain it is not a surpring news for me………last year the same person was critising imran khan when he was in favour of dailoge with taliban and ur were accusing him to be pro taliban polition…..Recommend

  • Abdul Hamza
    Jan 12, 2012 - 9:57PM

    He is a true pakistani. Being a mohajir myself i can feel his concern like no one else can.

    Pakistanis of every community need to learn from his style.

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  • bhai
    Jan 12, 2012 - 11:09PM

    a complete U-turn…Imran khan said that 10 years ago and all made fun…now everyone is following what he said!Recommend

  • Faju
    Jan 12, 2012 - 11:43PM

    Now, I believe that we will see some positive changes in the current situation of Pakistan, b/c all the other leaders “IK” only talks, but when AH says anything he practically proves it…another six by MQM…

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  • Eyes wide shut
    Jan 12, 2012 - 11:45PM

    @bhai: excuse me for pointing out the obvious.
    10 years ago Al-Qaida and Taliban were too strong and wanted to twist every ones arms by demanding too much in negotiations. During 10 years they have suffered and weakened too. Top leadership is largely gone. You couldnt possibly negotiate without giving away everything. And imagine Bush vs Binladen 10 years ago.

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  • kasim.lahore
    Jan 13, 2012 - 1:19AM

    @Abdul Hamza: Yes. you reflected the thoughts of all of us. Thanks….

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  • Hasan
    Jan 13, 2012 - 6:23AM

    Can someone (anyone!) please remind me why the leader of a Pakistani political party resides in a foreign country?
    What a strange situation!
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  • Hamid
    Jan 13, 2012 - 6:35AM

    So he will invite Mullah Umar to UK?

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  • Jan 13, 2012 - 8:13AM

    Altaf Bhai, “well said.” This is an Islamic and highly positive approach. No political party has offered talks for the welfare of Pakistan. Moreover, no party of paindoos has talked of what our very beloved Holy Prophet (PBUH) has said, that acquiring education is compulsory for every Muslim man and woman. Well done! And we are sure that your party will go the extra mile to talk and bring peace. You must help the army. Salams to Muttaheda

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  • jibran
    Jan 13, 2012 - 9:00AM

    @Imran:

    yeah… may be to get close to PTI, MQM first needs to vow Imran’s allies…

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  • Ahad
    Jan 13, 2012 - 11:47AM

    You lost my vote in karachi after this Bhai. Recommend

  • mj
    Jan 14, 2012 - 12:39AM

    is it me or his picture looks like he is saying.. ‘ Shove it up your * ‘ LOL Altaf hussain should be in comedy circus. :D

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  • Raza
    Jan 14, 2012 - 4:05AM

    I’m all for the MQM, but this is hilarious. What position is Altaf Hussain in to negotiate with the Taliban? This guy makes ridiculous statements all the time; sometimes I think its just to get attention. MQM seriously deserves a better/saner head.

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  • Jan 14, 2012 - 12:34PM

    @Dr. Who!:
    *Yes he was and nation witnessed scores of Taleban commanders arrested and killed in Karachi. Now the situation is changing, network of Taleban in Karachi broken. End game has begum in Afghanistan, NOW its high time to involve rest of the Taleban for the better of Afghanistan.>Recommend

  • ali baba
    Jan 14, 2012 - 5:35PM

    altaf bhai what happend to your previous stand against taliban? Recommend

  • alien
    Jan 14, 2012 - 7:11PM

    my pakistani brothers and sisters,We need to establish here are we against taliban or are we against ALTAF HUSSAIN the way some of you guys writing these comments its very hard to understand that if any one dont like MQM dont vote for them but if Altaf Hussain saying that he wants to talk to taliban there is nothing wrong with that and brother hassan in our islamic history OUR prophet did migrated with all the sahabas because they wanted to practice the islam without any fear but in the end they did conquered the makkah without any battle.i live in england does it mean that i cant say something or do something in the welfare of Pakistan all iam trying to say is we need to take the comments in “positive way”and brother Hassan THE PRESIDENT OF PAKISTAN WENT TO DUBAI FOR HIS HEART TREATMENT do you understand what i am trying to say to you.

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  • san
    Jan 15, 2012 - 9:52AM

    Yeah .. this is the latest IN THING to do these days …. so Y shd Altaf Bhai stay behind.. just hope he doesnt start singing during one of his talks with the talibans

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