Fazlur Rehman asks govt, military to authorise jirgas to negotiate with TTP

JUI-F chief says willingness to negotiate is a positive sign.

Web Desk February 04, 2013
A file photo of JUI-F leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman speaking to the media in Peshawar. PHOTO: NNI

ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, welcoming the peace-talks offer by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), said the government and military leadership should authorise tribal jirgas to negotiate.

The TTP signalled its willingness to enter peace negotiations on February 4 with the government if three senior politicians – Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) Chief Nawaz Sharif, the JUI-F chief and Jamaat-e-Islami amir Syed Munawar Hasan – would act as guarantors.

Fazl, while addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Monday, said the signals given by the group were “apparently positive”.

The JUI-F chief said a grand jirga of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) tribes can prove to be of great help in this process.

Earlier during the day, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said PML-N chief Nawaz had refused to act as an insurer.


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Ibrahim | 8 years ago | Reply

This is treacherous, unpatriotic and dangerous talk. In an ideal world Maulana sahib would be tried for treason for granting such credibility to our enemy. He talks of Peace talks? With the men who behead our soldiers? With the men who destroy schools, target children, kidnap people, and use suicide bombings targeting innocents to spread fear? Peace talks with men who have openly declared that their sole purpose is to topple the 'Un-Islamic' state of Pakistan? Peace talks with people who believe all us Pakistani's to be unbelievers, worthy of being killed as per divine ordinance? What rubbish. What a bunch of absolute rubbish.

Aman khan | 8 years ago | Reply

Taliban now want to gain more time for furthering their nefarious designs. Afghan Taliban are already under pressure for negociation with Western powers and America, and Pakistan & Afghanistan are going to play a go-between role. It is rumoured that before the American exit, a settlement is likely to be struck with Taliban. If it is done, then Taliban will have no room to hide anywhere. They just want to do some face saving, and hence offer for negociation. It is not believed, that such talks will bear any fruit except wastage of time and giving Taliban space and license to kill more people ruthlessly.

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