Drone attacks have stopped since peace talks started: Samiul Haq

Published: May 1, 2014
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JUI-S chief Maulana Samiul Haq addresses the attendees of Tribal Peace Jirga organised by the Jamat-e-Islami (JI) in Peshawar on May 1, 2014.

JUI-S chief Maulana Samiul Haq addresses the attendees of Tribal Peace Jirga organised by the Jamat-e-Islami (JI) in Peshawar on May 1, 2014.

JUI-S chief Maulana Samiul Haq addresses the attendees of Tribal Peace Jirga organised by the Jamat-e-Islami (JI) in Peshawar on May 1, 2014. Express News screengrab of JUI-S Chief Mualana Samiul Haq addressing the tribal jirga in Peshawar. Express News screengrab of Jamaat-e-Islami's ameer Sirajul Haq addressing the tribal jirga. Express News screengrab of TTP intermediary Professor Mohammad Ibrahim addressing the tribal jirga. Express News screengrab of the tribal jirga.

PESHAWAR: Drone attacks have stopped since the peace negotiations with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) started, said Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Samiul Haq (JUI-S) chief Maulana Samiul Haq while addressing a tribal jirga in Peshawar.

The JUI-S chief, who is also heading the TTP intermediary committee, stated that US President Barack Obama supported the peace talks while on the other hand Pakistani politicians and anchors, instead of encouraging them, were showing resistance.

Haq remarked that everytime they start “the car” of the negotiations a “breaker” comes in front of it.

Appeal for a ceasefire

TTP intermediary Prof Mohammad Ibrahim, while speaking at the jirga, appealed to the TTP as well as the Pakistan Army to announce a ceasefire.

He further stated that the peace negotiations can only move forward if both sides sit on one table again.

‘Smell of explosives’

Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Sirajul Haq also spoke at the occasion.

Referring to Pakistan’s soil, and the law and order situation in the country, he stated that “my mother’s lap smells of explosives.”

He added that he wanted a system in the country which treated everyone, from a sweeper on the streets to a landlord, equally.

The JI ameer claimed that if a person is not rich he cannot even knock at the doors of the courts.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Wali
    May 1, 2014 - 3:16PM

    Drones have started since peace talks started….. what are you trying to get at, Maulana – we should keep on talking… for the sake of that???

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  • AM
    May 1, 2014 - 4:32PM

    Maulana has given a very negative spin to this now!!!! so now America is good and we are bad? Seems like Major Amir was right all the way. TTP needs to understand that they have to respect the state and will of people Recommend

  • Jibran
    May 1, 2014 - 4:58PM

    The JUI-S chief stated that US President supported the peace talks while our politicians and anchors, instead of encouraging us, are showing resistance.

    So you are with the US now? And why are you concerned about the opinion of your countrymen, when government is giving you a free hand? Stop complaining and start delivering. Recommend

  • Jibran
    May 1, 2014 - 5:03PM

    a country of 180 million with a million men strong armed forces, has become hostage to less than 5000 madmen.Recommend

  • Sara Khan
    May 1, 2014 - 5:15PM

    WOW thanks for the information, we didn’t know that……………………LOL

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  • Rex Minor
    May 1, 2014 - 5:53PM

    Mr Haq,

    You must be a very kind hearted person indeed,to trust the Pakistanis and the Yankees simultaneusly. To deal with this lot one must have a very long life beside intelligence and patience and ofcourse a load of treasure.

    Rex Minor

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  • Ali Abbasi
    May 1, 2014 - 6:10PM

    So first Obama was trying to sabotage peace talks and local politicians were supporting them, now it’s the exact opposite?

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  • Uza Syed
    May 1, 2014 - 7:19PM

    Yes, perhaps it’s easier for Mr Obama to show some patience. People of Pakistan are fed up with this cat & mouse game here and just can not tolerate any of our politicians showing any signs of appeasement.Recommend

  • Mk
    May 1, 2014 - 7:55PM

    Yes i am sure his mother’s map smells os explosivesRecommend

  • Akash
    May 1, 2014 - 8:28PM

    You people only understand words of arms not peaceful dialogue..Recommend

  • gp65
    May 1, 2014 - 9:12PM

    “The JUI-S chief, who is also heading the TTP intermediary committee, stated that US President Barack Obama supported the peace talks while on the other hand Pakistani politicians and anchors, instead of encouraging them, were showing resistance”

    Hmmm quite a U-turn from the time that US was accused of killing Hakimullah precisely to derail talks.Recommend

  • Beck
    May 1, 2014 - 9:16PM

    Be thankful then.

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  • Parvez
    May 1, 2014 - 11:02PM

    Drones may have stopped…..but the killing of innocent men, women and children has not.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    May 1, 2014 - 11:19PM

    Mr Haq, please do not delude yourself, you are dealing with one of the most unreliable group of people on this planet today. Pakistan is under pressure to show their military performance to earn the bounty they receive from the USA and the Prime Minister wants to have peace in the land and visiting foreign lands to solicit aid and investments. The dialogue on slow tracks will take its own course.

    Rex Minor

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  • jamshed kharian-pak
    May 2, 2014 - 2:07AM

    Maulana Sami ul Haq is a Pakistani religious scholar and a politician. one of the great Man of Islamic Republic Of Pakistan

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  • May 2, 2014 - 5:50AM

    @gp65:
    See if you can devote more time to Modi. And how
    the Indian industrialists bribed the Indian Supreme Court
    to get Modi off the hook. Then think about 2200 Muslim
    massacred in Gujrat. Spend some time on that, will you?

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