Published On: Mon, Jan 20th, 2014
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Political parties divided over dialogue with Taliban

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ISLAMABAD: Sharp division among political parties about dialogue with Taliban has been observed; wherein both factions of JUI are supporting dialogue with Taliban, while JI strongly advocates operation against dissidents.

JUI (F)’s spokesman Jan Achakzai quoting party policy has said that there had been initial contacts with Taliban over the dialogue issue, wherein positive response had been discerned.

He recommended taking tribal elements into confidence over the issue followed by a regular forum for dialogues. Condemning recent wave of terrorism, he nevertheless stressed for any use of power at all.

Replying to a question, he termed the recent idea of Imran Khan for an APC (All-Parties-Conference) as totally useless, since an earlier such forum dialogue had been decided over the issue. He also simply ridiculed the notion that some Taliban groups were rejecting dialogue: “since dialogue had not even started as yet”, he stressed.

Expressing his views, JUI(S) spokesman Maulana Syed Yousaf Shah stressed on government to shun speculations in favour of practical steps for dialogue. He was not very hopeful of a non-serious government, citing the way it tasked Maulana Sami-ul-Haq to hold dialogue with Taliban, while refuting the same after 8 days.

JI’s Liaqat Baloch said that he had no inklings about any consensus reached over dialogue with Taliban, but was baffled over recent talk about military operations. He also stressed for immediate talks with relevant elements.

“Those negating the Constitution should be eliminated with bullets, but only after their initial rejection of dialogue” he suggested, adding that “whenever dialogue process is initiated, hidden hands’ become active.

Meanwhile secretary general Shiite Ulema Council Allama Arif Hussain Wahadi said that while dialogue was welcome, yet with whom, was never highlighted. He also rejected the ambiguity of government and even PTI’s Imran Khan.
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