Nawaz asks Samiul Haq to help with peace talks

JUI-S chief says change in government policies can bring the Taliban to negotiation.


Web Desk December 31, 2013

ISLAMABAD: In his attempt to revive the process of peace talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and its affiliates, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif asked Samiul Haq to help in bringing the militant groups to the negotiation table, Express News reported on Tuesday.

Nawaz met the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Samiul Haq group (JUI-S) chief today for a one-on-one meeting at the Prime Minister House.

Talks with the Taliban was the main issue on the agenda and Haq assured the prime minister that he will use his influence to ensure the peace process progresses in the right direction.

Nawaz has been personally meeting various political and religious leaders in order to kick start the negotiation process with the militants.

The prime minister took JUI-S chief into confidence over the recent military action in the Waziristan region and invited him to get personally involved in the Taliban peace talks process.

Hoping for a good beginning to the new year, Haq said change in government policies can bring the Taliban to negotiation.

While speaking to Geo News, he also said he would help try to resolve the issue and that the core issue would be putting an end to drone strikes.

Background

It should be noted that JUI-S had earlier not been invited in the APC. His party featured nowhere in the government’s plans of initiating dialogue with the Pakistani Taliban.

Earlier, the PML-N government had invited Sami for facilitating the government’s intended peace negotiations but after receiving JUI-F chief‘s reservations, the government removed Samiul Haq’s party from its preferred list of facilitators for talks with the militant outfit.

Samiul Haq is nicknamed the 'Father of the Taliban' and runs a madrassa where several Taliban leaders were educated.

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COMMENTS (47)

RUKHSAR | 7 years ago | Reply

@Hakeem Luqman: Absolutely yes!

Nouman | 7 years ago | Reply

Allah bless Nawaz Sharif. He is serious is resolving issues.

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