Fazlur Rehman opposes Taliban office in Pakistan as Imran sticks to his stance

Published: September 26, 2013
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JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman. PHOTO: INP/FILE

JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman. PHOTO: INP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman said on Thursday that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan’s earlier comments asking Taliban to open their offices in the country were “childish”.

Addressing media at UNDP’s Three Day International Conference on “Participatory Federation and Decentralisation”, Rehman said that the suggestion of Tehreek-e-Taliban being allowed to open their offices in the country won’t help in pursuing dialogue with them.

Expressing his disagreement with Imran Khan’s opinion on the matter, Rehman said that there was absolutely no need for Taliban to open their offices and added that Khan’s statement gave an insight into their agenda.

Commenting on PTI’s suggestion to review and amend the existing blasphemy law in the National Assembly, Rehman said the law need not be changed but asserted that the misuse of the law must be kept in check.

The JUI-F chief said that according to the constitution Pakistan is an Islamic state and it will never become secular.

Imran Khan adamant about dialogue

Addressing the media in Lahore, PTI Chairman Imran Khan said that if All Parties Conference (APC) had decided on dialogue, then everything should be done to uphold that decision.

If Taliban can open office in Qatar for dialogue then why not in Pakistan for the same purpose, he questioned.

PTI chairman said that the dialogues with Taliban would be within the ambit of constitution of Pakistan if people were serious and imposed ceasefire immediately.

When asked about who would serve as mediators, he stated, “people in the tribal areas can be counted on to do the job. The government had successfully entered into an agreement in 2004 before former president General Pervez Musharraf sent military into the area.”

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Reader Comments (31)

  • Harris
    Sep 26, 2013 - 7:51PM

    What has the world come to when Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman seems more moderate then Imran khan.

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  • Bijlee
    Sep 26, 2013 - 7:58PM

    Imran Khan’s source of information and thinking: Gen Hameed Gul.

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  • ahmed
    Sep 26, 2013 - 8:02PM

    We will need to find a big building with few dozen offices, to cater the needs of few dozen taliban groups as every group would like to dictate their own terms.Recommend

  • Rahim
    Sep 26, 2013 - 8:02PM

    It kind of makes sense, at the moment we are talking in the air. That way there will be an official representative, it will also help between good and bad Taliban, at the moment no one know who wants peace and willing to negotiate.

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  • Khalai Lota
    Sep 26, 2013 - 8:06PM

    Compared to Imran Khan, even Molana sounds logical.Recommend

  • Majid
    Sep 26, 2013 - 8:13PM

    maulana wants some fresh halwa…

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  • AR
    Sep 26, 2013 - 8:19PM

    if Taliban have an office, then Moulana will loose its importance as he wants to act as a messenger between government and militants.

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  • ALI
    Sep 26, 2013 - 8:23PM

    Can Molana agree to IK stance ?

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  • ALI
    Sep 26, 2013 - 8:26PM

    I support IK here, way to go Imran KhanRecommend

  • Samra
    Sep 26, 2013 - 8:27PM

    All the so called liberals of our so called society. No one can win election through your votes. You need to target other 80 perc of society. Come out of lala land

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  • Noman
    Sep 26, 2013 - 8:30PM

    IK is right here. I am with IK on this stance

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  • Anon
    Sep 26, 2013 - 8:39PM

    If anyone needed convincing that IK is actually making sense…. here you go! All of you who oppose, you’re on maulana’s side!

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  • Shahid
    Sep 26, 2013 - 8:54PM

    How can any one suuport Murderes and killers of innocent people is beyound my comprehension.If We had supported Musharsf when he tried to clear LAL masjid by know they would have been eliminated

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  • KHAN
    Sep 26, 2013 - 9:09PM

    IF All parties do have heart into talking then IK proposal is sound and logical one…Let them have an office for talks…talks cannot be conducted through media and also we know how authentic reports are coming from Pak media…All driven by the ideological tilt upto the level of suppressing the truth…e.g. on church attack…one english newspaper published that ttp claim responsibility and ironically the urdu version of the same newspaper said, ttp denied any involvement…then some said junduallah al-hifsa, a ttp affiliate, claimed responsibility, again later it was said in the news that it was another jundullah, not under ttp umberalla….while in todays news it said ttp given ultimatum to junduallah to vacate the pakistani soil….my point of telling is that all things are messed up…so to remove the option of talks with terrorists we should use it and if it fails, no one will ever talk about talking..and military action will be the only option…
    P.S. Maulana is opposition is mere for the sake of opposition…….and ET Moderator i hope its not against your rules so i hope this gets published….

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  • Salman
    Sep 26, 2013 - 9:12PM

    our society does not support anyone who thinks out of the square. that is a problem in itself. i think this is a good idea it will allow a formal representation of an organisation and will allow to negotiate formally.

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  • Waseem
    Sep 26, 2013 - 9:16PM

    looks like both are TTP voices. wow…what a conscious leadership we have.

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  • Raza
    Sep 26, 2013 - 9:31PM

    Both Khan Sb. and Moulana are doing politics, Alas nobody cares about 50000+ who lost their innocent lives …

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  • Raza05
    Sep 26, 2013 - 9:34PM

    Both are doing politics

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  • Khan
    Sep 26, 2013 - 9:38PM

    @AR:
    Spot on. Molana Fazlu just trying to stay relevant.

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  • Furqan
    Sep 26, 2013 - 9:48PM

    There are some people who are dying to be go-between in the negotations. If Taliban open their office, some politicians will need to shut down their shops.

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  • Sidster
    Sep 26, 2013 - 9:51PM

    We should be talking to these TTP. We should be prosecuting them or convicting them for life term and sending them to worst jail Location.

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  • KHALID
    Sep 26, 2013 - 10:10PM

    IK is has suggested very rational course.
    Madness of war is nothing but following the path of those who want to weaken Pakistan.
    If saner Taliban are on-board they will play very vital role to mellow down those who are funded by RAW & other anti- Pakistan groups. Starting dialogue is breaking the ice and perhaps a long due handshake. Mulana Fazal is scared that he would loose his nuisance if Taliban’s come forward and he would be left alone. Already his constituency has confirmed his position. Those who continue with madness should be dealt with iron hand but now they will be a smaller groups and clearly isolated.

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  • Aimal
    Sep 26, 2013 - 10:50PM

    what none sense is this ? if there was a harm to negotiate with TTP than why all of them gathered and signed the declaration of APC? Imran just pointed out the way; Khan was right that APC is just waste of time. it seems that none of them were ready to negotiate except Imran …… even Fazal ur Rehman is not ready…… ohhhh you people are such a cheaters…….

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  • M
    Sep 26, 2013 - 11:09PM

    The awkward moment when Maulana Diesel makes much more sense than Imran Khan!

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  • assad
    Sep 26, 2013 - 11:18PM

    The Afghan Taliban are talking to a foreign occupying power, i.e. US, thus they have a need to open an office in a neutral venue (Doha). What our genius Imran Khan does not understand is that the TTP in Pakistan are criminals who are operating outside of the constitutional framework, why should they be given such official recognition? With each stupid statement of his, he is giving them more legitimacy and confusing and weakening the national resolve to tackle these people.

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  • awais jamali
    Sep 26, 2013 - 11:19PM

    i think Maulana is right

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  • Sep 27, 2013 - 12:01AM

    Another example of imaturity by imran khan
    He can never be a politician

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  • Ahmed
    Sep 27, 2013 - 2:49AM

    here is the my point if US whose soldiers have also kiilled in Afghanistan can hold peace talks and can open an office why can,t we?

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  • Hassan
    Sep 27, 2013 - 5:29AM

    IK is disappointing me big time

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  • Oct 18, 2013 - 11:54PM

    The issue is drones or Kashmir ,we are running out from decorum. Taliban are PNA that closed a chapter with a resolve’ Solution of Issues’.. Today the issues are clearer.

    1At level 3 4 5 6 of affairs their are again foreigners like pre partition.

    We took Cargil but the Foreign Ministry did not motivate the UNO to intervene and resolve with a Plebicite!

    3.Drones were allowed by President of Pakistan’s office under the request from the USA called ‘Inland Attacks’ now only the President them-self have has to send a letter to Brother Husein Obama and request that the ‘inland attack’ is to heavy burden a strategic weapon that has taken very long , And making time for peace harder in Pakistan.And that both the Politicians and Army are working on a solution for Mulla Omar!..

    You know how good secretariats write a letter…

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  • Oct 19, 2013 - 5:17PM

    Imran Khan must enter the arena instead of talking from sidelines..Incase the Drone or Taliban are his main interest’he must take a seat with The National Security Council and get the breif from trhe Joint Chief…..

    Get in the Arena Khan!

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