The Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) has advised the government, political parties and religious groups to urge the Taliban to stop suicide attacks and American government drone strikes.
In a letter sent to political leaders on Thursday, SIC Chairman Sahibzada Hamid Raza asked political parties to unite for peace. He said the government and the political parties should work together to end terrorism.
“National unity is essential to quell conspiracies against Pakistan,” he wrote.
He said national leaders should also work together to oust the United States from the region. He said the government should not pursue a pro-America foreign policy.
He urged political parties to pressure the government to strengthen Sharia law in the country.
“Political Leaders should not issue irresponsible statements because the enemy benefits from the resulting chaos in the country,” he wrote.
Raza said the US wanted to weaken Muslims by dividing them.
He said political and religious leaders should urge the United States to end drone strikes and the Taliban to end suicide attacks.
He said the country should unite against anti-Islam elements.
The SIC leader said the government should hold a five-day debate to evolve a strategy to resolve national problems.
He said political leaders should set aside their personal differences and focus on evolving strategies to deal with terrorism.
The Ulema Board of Sunni Tehrik Pakistan also asked the government to initiate an operation against the Taliban since they had turned down the dialogue offer.
They said the threat of Taliban targeting national security institutions was real and had to be dealt with immediately.
The board also condemned drone attacks, saying hundreds of innocent Pakistani citizens, including children and women, had been killed in the strikes
JI chief’s statement
Maulana Muhammad Raghib Hussain Naeemi said on Thursday that the ghazis and shaheeds ensured security of the country by putting their lives at risk.
“The armed forces guarantee a bright future for the country and no one can forget their services. The soldiers have laid down their lives for security of the borders of Islamic Republic of Pakistan,” he said.
Naeemi also said the prime minister’s visit to the GHQ was a positive development.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 15th, 2013.
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