ISLAMABAD: A spokesman of the government Thursday said that Maulana Samiul Haq, the head of his own faction of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, had not been given any “specific mission” by the government regarding measures to address the issue of terrorism.
“Instead, he was asked in general to use his good offices and cooperation in this regard,” the spokesman said in a statement. He dispelled the impression created by the Maulana that the government had not paid heed to him. “Even three weeks after the meeting, he did not inform (the government) about any progress,” the spokesman said.
The Prime Minister’s House also clarified on Thursday that the government had not tasked the JUI-S chief with initiating dialogue process with Taliban. Samiul Haq on Wednesday announced that he was dissociating himself from the proposed peace talks between Taliban and the government, saying the Centre was not serious in holding dialogue. According to a short statement issued by the Prime Minister’s House, during a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Maulana Samiul Haq, general issues were discussed in the meeting as well as ways to curb terrorism in the country.
The statement denied that the prime minister had assigned the Maulana any task to initiate dialogue with Taliban militants. Maulana Samiul Haq said on Wednesday that the prime minister had assigned him the task of initiating talks with Taliban and the process of dialogue had begun on January 1 after which a positive response was received from the Taliban.
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