Nawaz asks Samiul Haq to help with peace talks

Published: December 31, 2013
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Maulana Samiul Haq (L) speaks with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (R) at the PM House on Tuesday. PHOTO: PID

Maulana Samiul Haq (L) speaks with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (R) at the PM House on Tuesday. PHOTO: PID

Maulana Samiul Haq (L) speaks with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (R) at the PM House on Tuesday. PHOTO: PID JUI-S chief says change in government policies can bring the Taliban to negotiation. PHOTO: AFP

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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Reader Comments (47)

  • Common man
    Dec 31, 2013 - 1:24PM

    PML-N- want to turn These ulema into un trust worthy people, by First assuring them of conforming to their demands for peace talk and than back out on them… First Drone should be stopped than Peace Talk will initiate… otherwise stay away from government trap.

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  • Kaleem
    Dec 31, 2013 - 2:03PM

    @Common man: Use Some common sense bro. Taliban are anti state elements and they just get fueled with drones. Bring drones count to zero and they will still attack. The purpose of negotiation should be to disarm the beast and hibernate snakes.

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  • Fatima
    Dec 31, 2013 - 2:06PM

    Waste of time PM Sb. try to understand!

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  • ishfaq
    Dec 31, 2013 - 2:39PM

    Yes I support peace talks as after long wars we have noticed people negociating for peace. S all possible efforts shpuld be made to resolve the issue.Recommend

  • Ashfaq
    Dec 31, 2013 - 2:43PM

    AOA I would like to emphasise on the peace talks as it is the only way out to get rid off this mighty issue. all stake holders should play their role to achieve this goal.
    May ALLAH bless this country with peace. AmeenRecommend

  • Last Word
    Dec 31, 2013 - 3:17PM

    After exhausting all possibilities at home, NS should ask Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, India, Afghanistan, US—-to help start peace talks. These marathon peace efforts would most probably continue till the next elections are due in Pakistan.

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  • Rex Minor
    Dec 31, 2013 - 3:46PM

    @Last Word:tan

    The Prime Minister must appease, order the withdrawl of the army from the autonomous region and order PAF to force down the flying drones in Pakistan air space. Anything less is a diversion and underestimates the intelligence of the waziri tribesmen..

    Rex minor

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  • Aysha M
    Dec 31, 2013 - 4:00PM

    Let mullahs run the country. Politicians, bureaucrats, technocrats, academics, professionals, military personnel, all rendered irrelevant, 2014 Year of the mullahs

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  • Dec 31, 2013 - 4:03PM

    PIECE talks*

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  • Shaikh Mohommad
    Dec 31, 2013 - 4:15PM

    Peace talks are truly talks and no action. I mean USA does not want talks to take place and what USA wants will happen so long as the present government agrees with American agenda. Sadly our Governments always look to Washington for policies and action. They betray the peoples’ trust. They are continuing to serve American interests.
    What Nawaz Sharif and the Government is doing is merely a public relations exercise. Why Nawaz Sharif can’t be honest for once and say that the Government will continue to serve American interests, come what may.

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  • Quicky
    Dec 31, 2013 - 4:22PM

    Nawaz is true Lion

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  • Feroz
    Dec 31, 2013 - 4:44PM

    Any talks that do not bring Peace and lead to a laying down of Arms by the bandits and criminals that pass for Taliban, will be meaningless. Public must know what is being negotiated is not their freedom and rights to pursue their destiny as guaranteed by the Constitution. Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Dec 31, 2013 - 4:48PM

    Dear Mr. PM, these bandits understand only one language and that’s the language of mayhem and chaos. Pay them back in the same currency!Recommend

  • vick
    Dec 31, 2013 - 5:03PM

    I wonder when everyone supports talks with baloch anti state elements whats wrong with talks with taliban? After years of operations we have only increased collateral damage and came no way closer to solving the problem. Even today, in most of tribal areas, instead of army, local peace militia are used as deterrent against talibans. Even in past, when ever there has been a peace accord, it was from Pak Govt side who broke it. I am not in favor of taliban but i worry for those common people who are being hammered in the process. Recommend

  • Nikki
    Dec 31, 2013 - 5:44PM

    I am sure Mr. Prime minister has not examined their demands yet.Otherwise he would not be so eager for talks.
    Mediator will not support the governmnet stance however, he will influence to the state to accept TTP’s conditions.Recommend

  • Truth detector
    Dec 31, 2013 - 5:58PM

    Calling all IK/PTI bashers who criticize them for supporting peace talks. Come out please ,where are you hiding?

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  • Rao
    Dec 31, 2013 - 6:11PM

    State -Mullah allaince —– a new political shape is taking place.

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  • abc
    Dec 31, 2013 - 6:24PM

    @Aysha M:
    Bibi get sm mind perhaps borrow it frm sm1. The current state of Pakistan is the fruit of technocrats, beaurocrats, politicians along with people like u who are fooled again and again with the same faces, cant blame any Mullah alone as u said.

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  • Jibran
    Dec 31, 2013 - 6:28PM

    @Quicky:
    Nawaz is true Lion

    A coward lion that is damn scared of hyenas.

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  • Jibran
    Dec 31, 2013 - 6:43PM

    This shows PMLN was lying earlier. If secrecy of the negotiator was needed then, why it is unimportant now? Pitty the fools who fell for it.

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  • Tipu
    Dec 31, 2013 - 7:00PM

    Birds of the same feather flock together. Nawaz and Sami are old buddies from 9 staray!

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  • John the Baptist
    Dec 31, 2013 - 7:01PM

    Yellow turbaned Santa Claus must be writhing in agony!

    Sami, leave those kids alone–they are mine!!!!!

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  • Freddy Tek
    Dec 31, 2013 - 7:02PM

    Nawaz & his mullas. LoL

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  • Zif
    Dec 31, 2013 - 7:06PM

    Nawaz asks Samiul Haq to help with peace talks
    Thats why we hear a u-turn in his version the other day when he said that talibans do believe in constitution and they want implementation of that? Whom is Maulana making fool of by giving such statements? Personally I think a cat has been made the custodian of milk. The result of which is quite evident i.e 0/0.

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  • akahtar
    Dec 31, 2013 - 7:12PM
  • Luciferous
    Dec 31, 2013 - 7:22PM

    Wow… the maulvi is receiving a head of state protocol!
    Which one is the PM; one with stick in his hand or the one wearing cowed down expression on his face?

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  • Luciferous
    Dec 31, 2013 - 7:26PM

    This maulvi has all the trappings of power and riches like medieval popes!
    Religion has served the mullah very well in Pakistan!

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  • asif
    Dec 31, 2013 - 7:26PM

    Inviting the head viper to help with his underlings…hahah what a joke

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  • Ali S
    Dec 31, 2013 - 7:30PM

    ‘Peace talks’ mean zilch to these animals – to them it’s just another strategy of buying time to continue wreaking havoc on Pakistan. The only practical, concrete solution to this menace is to declare FATA an autonomous, independent territory that these TTP vermin can govern as they like (the govt has absolutely no writ in that lawless wasteland anyway) and then let the US nuke it into oblivion. Sure, it sounds severe, but it’s the only realistic option I can see.

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  • Dec 31, 2013 - 7:48PM

    Dear Shaikh Mohmmad,

    We’ve said this before and say it again: We simply wish to see peace prevail throughout the region. We do not dictate the internal matters of Pakistan. Pakistan is an independent partner nation, and we are working closely in regards to our shared objectives in the region. Our officials continue to meet regularly to address any shared concerns. Like any other partner nations, we may have not always have the same point of view on all matters, but that doesn’t we do not value the importance of maintaining a healthy partnership. We share a common stance against terrorism, and our forces are fighting the same terrorists on both sides of the border. It is simply in our best interest to see a safe and secure Pakistan. We hope to continue our partnership for the betterment of the region, and fully support Pakistan’s efforts to counter the threat of terrorism.

    Ali Khan
    DET, United States Central Command

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  • Lal Din
    Dec 31, 2013 - 8:01PM

    Sleeping with enemy. This mullah is source of trouble and not the solution.

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  • Khan
    Dec 31, 2013 - 8:29PM

    one man show again by Nawaz Sharief, no wonder he is the dictator in disguise, Talibans are snakes and Nawaz Sharief would know once one of them bit him.

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  • Ali chengezi
    Dec 31, 2013 - 8:43PM

    @Luciferous
    Catholic pop got kingdom in italy and u talking about Maulana what a pity…
    @U.S Command leave us alone & the region ….

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  • CReality
    Dec 31, 2013 - 9:05PM

    Ulema are an asset of Pakistan & Umma

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  • aq
    Dec 31, 2013 - 10:05PM

    Bad start of 2014. Why dont politicians understand that mullahs have always blackmailed politicians and talking to them to bring peace is a no brainer. These mullahs are source of toxic ideology of hate and violence and one cannot expect peace coming out of them. The only way to deal with them is to keep them in their place and to not give them unnecessary importance.

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  • Parvez
    Dec 31, 2013 - 10:31PM

    Asking the arsonist to put out the fire………not a good idea.

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  • Muhammad Daud Alam
    Dec 31, 2013 - 10:54PM

    The best way to get rid of an enemy is to make a friend of him – Chinese Proverb

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  • Rex Minor
    Dec 31, 2013 - 11:27PM

    @Khan:

    The guy is not a one man dictator, but he is a one man politician! He just does not know how to handle the situation with so many actors, including the Godfathers that he has inherited after becoming the Prime Minister. All he wanted was his old lost post of the Prime Minister which was snatched away from him by the military Rebel!! Ofcourse if he was to read ET, there are quite a number of suggestion.

    Rex Minor

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  • Muakeraat
    Dec 31, 2013 - 11:40PM

    A mullah talking to a mullah to bring peace is like a thief trying to catch a thief. God bless Pakistan and its leaders.

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  • Amir
    Dec 31, 2013 - 11:58PM

    Many have said that PML N and its minions are cohorts with TTP. They have given safe haven to these terrorists in various cities across Punjab, thus have seen relatively NO serious threats or attacks, as seen across other provinces in Pakistan.

    There is a pressure on the government to start an operation against these terrorists. But PML N knows that if there government do, there will be a BACKLASH in Punjab.

    Thus we go meet with terrorists and their minions to see if a workable solution is made where for some time they stay in their hole…..

    To get rid of terrorists, Punjab needs to wake up.

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  • Imran
    Jan 1, 2014 - 12:09AM

    @Muhammad Daud Alam:
    The best way to get rid of an enemy is to make a friend of him – Chinese Proverb

    Precisely what the terrorists are going to do during these talks, while keeping their knife hidden in their trousers.

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  • qbc
    Jan 1, 2014 - 2:36AM

    @abc:

    Have you got 2 brain cells to rub togeather i don’t think so. Pakistan is in a very bad state because of extreamists like you and your mullahs not all but quite a few of them are enemys of pakistan like it seems you are.

    we pakistanis are sick of your extremist ideology.

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  • qbc
    Jan 1, 2014 - 2:39AM

    @abc:

    You want to destroy pakistan we want to build it.Thats the diffrence between me and you.

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  • Luciferos
    Jan 1, 2014 - 6:27AM

    Expression on Mr Jinnah’s face says it all; priceless!

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  • Hakeem Luqman
    Jan 1, 2014 - 9:27PM

    In a few months from now the government will start negotiating with the criminals in karachi and elsewhere in the country and why not Taliban are criminals aren’t they?

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  • Nouman
    Jan 2, 2014 - 12:03AM

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

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  • RUKHSAR
    Jan 2, 2014 - 9:42AM

    @Hakeem Luqman:
    Absolutely yes!

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