ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman on Monday declined role in talks with the Taliban.
Imran Khan will not be part of the five-member arbitration committee announced by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), PTI core committee decided on Monday. The core committee held a meeting on Monday to deliberate upon the dialogue process and subsequent formation of the committee by the government and TTP. A party statement said that that the PTI has always been an advocate of dialogue for peace so that national prosperity and progress could be assured.
The PTI reaffirmed its support for the four-member committee in which PTI has its representative, Rustum Shah Mohmand, and also welcomed the formation of the 10-member TTP committee for dialogue. While the PTI appreciated the trust reposed in Imran Khan, the core committee concluded that he cannot be a part of the five-member TTP arbitration committee. PTI has, however, asked the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to facilitate the dialogue process in any way it can.
Meanwhile, minutes after Imran Khan’s refusal to be part of Taliban’s committee, JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman also withdrew his party member Mufti Kifayatullah from the committee. After a meeting of his party, Fazl told journalists that the JUI-F would not be part of dialogue process with Taliban. TTP expressed disappointment over Imran Khan and Mufti Kifayatullah’s refusal to be part of its committee. Media reports said TTP spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid said that now Orya Maqbool Jan and Ansar Abbasi are being considered to replace Imran Khan and Mufti Kifayatullah to play the role of mediators in the committee representing the Taliban.
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