Fazlur Rehman welcomes TTP’s dialogue offer

JUI-F chief urges government to find solution to terrorism through talks.


Web Desk January 07, 2013
JUI-F chief urges government to find solution to terrorism through talks. PHOTO: PPI/FILE

PESHAWAR: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman welcomed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) offer to hold talks, reported Express News on Monday.

Speaking to the media in Peshawar, Fazl said that the best forum to talk to the Taliban is through a local jirga.

The government should find a political solution to terrorism by holding serious talks with the Taliban, Fazl advised.

Earlier, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) had also welcomed Taliban’s offer to dialogue and had requested the government to seriously consider it as well.

Last year in December, TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud said in a video message that his group was willing to negotiate with the Pakistani government.  However, he attached certain preconditions to the peace talks, including an end to Pakistan’s alliance with the United States and rewriting of the country’s constitution “according to Islamic Shariah”.

The Pakistan Peoples Party-led government has already rejected the conditional offer by the TTP, insisting that dialogue could only be held under the ambit of the country’s constitution.

COMMENTS (10)

DR.DURRESHAHWAR PERVEZ | 10 years ago | Reply

We are proud to be Muslims but we are not Terrorist as the western media project that terrorist belongs to Islamic Countries. We do not want to go back in stone age and do not want Sharia to be enforced on us. We are moderate, enlightened Muslims. We want to develop our country so that every citizen can get the right of living with dignity in our Country, with better health facilities. :) GOD help those who help themselves. We want our Arm Forces to be Strong.

DR. DURRESHAHWAR PERVEZ

Aijaz Haider | 10 years ago | Reply

"Speaking to the media in Peshawar, Fazl said that the best forum to talk to the Taliban is through a local jirga". I hope the jirga is not like the jirga of the 'Kohistan video scandal' whose orders resulted in killing of eight innocent people on the mere issue of clapping and singing of children in a wedding ceremony. Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Imran Khan should talk to the Taliban on behalf of the government as mediators. This will probably make it easy for all the parties involved.

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