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.
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