Arbitration committee between Taliban and govt becomes active

Arbitration committee between Taliban and govt becomes active

talibanISLAMABAD: The arbitration committee between the Taliban and the government has become active. The committee has said that Taliban has not given any list of demands. The meeting of the Taliban negotiation committee held in Islamabad. Maulana Samiul Haq, Professor Muhammad Ibrahim and Maulana Abdul Aziz attended the meeting. Imran Khan and Mufti Kafaitaullah did not attend the meeting.

While talking to media Samiul Haq said it is hoped that Imran would make better decision for taking part in the negotiation between the government and Taliban. Samiul Haq said he has talked with Imran Khan he will play his role. He said the committee has decided to meet government committee soon and later on would hold meetings with Taliban. While refusing for giving any timeframe for results of dialogue Samiul Haq said that they would try to conclude these negotiations in weeks instead of months, adding that the country is facing very serious problems. He said many people would carry out bomb blasts to sabotage the negotiation process. He said Taliban has denied carrying out Peshawar bomb blast. He said it was the responsibility of all people to put water on fire. He said the imposition of shariah is the demand of constitution. He said so far Taliban have given no list of demands.

He said Maulana Syed Yousuf Shah would be the coordinator of the Taliban committee and will interact with media government committee and Taliban. He said the Taliban committee has no need of perks and privileges and protocol for government. He said that the meetings of the committee would continue in future. Maulana Samiul Haq has said the procedure and place of dialogue will be finalized after meeting with the committee formed by the government.

He also urged media to play a constructive role in the success of the dialogue.

Meanwhile Professor Muhammad Ibrahim said that the committee is fully powered as the government committee, adding that the bloodshed is going on country and we all have to work honestly for ending this menace. He said the Taliban committee is trying to overcome bloodshed in country want to restore peace in committee.

To a question, Maulana Samiul Haq said Imran Khan’s party will decide about his joining of talks. “I hope he will take a better decision and will not disappoint us.”

Reply to a question about Sunday’s grenade attack on a cinema in Peshawar, he said Taliban have denied the attack. He was of the view that such attempts are aimed at sabotaging peace talks. “Various forces are against the peace talks, such incidents may reoccur to derail the dialogues,” Haq feared.

He said Taliban’s demand of enforcement of sharia is in line with the Constitution, adding that no terms and conditions had been set by the militants.

Meanwhile Maulana Samiul Haq telephoned Irfan Siddiqui, coordinator of government’s dialogue committee, and sought time for a meeting.

The government’s committee comprises Irfan Siddiqui‚ Rahimullah Yusufzai‚ Rustam Shah Mehmand and major (retired) Amir.

The five-member committee nominated by the Pakistani Taliban to facilitate the dialogue process with the government held its first meeting in the federal capital on Monday.

The banned militant organisation Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had nominated Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan, Maulana Samiul Haq, Lal Masjid Khateeb Maulana Abdul Aziz, Professor Mohammad Ibrahim of the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), and Mufti Kifayatullah, a former lawmaker of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) from Mansehra.

Sources said that while addressing the meeting, Samiul Haq said that the four-member committee nominated by the federal government to further the dialogue process with the Taliban had not contacted them, adding that the negotiating team would soon finalise its strategy.

He expressed hope that the government would find a better solution to problems while holding dialogue with the Taliban.

Meanwhile, Professor Ibrahim said he was very optimistic about negotiations with the Taliban while underscoring that problems could only be resolved through dialogue.

He moreover said that the Taliban would first demand the implementation of Shariah law in Pakistan and said if the government really wanted to impose it in the country in a democratic manner, it could have easily been done in the past 65 years.

The committee nominated by the Taliban held its first meeting here on Monday. The meeting was chaired by Maulana Samiul Haq and

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