ISLAMABAD: Jamait Ulema-e-Islam-Samiul Haq (JUI-S) chief Maulana Samiul Haq on Tuesday opposed a military operation against the Taliban and said the government “does not seem serious for dialogue with the Taliban”. A military operation never resolves problems but it multiplies them, he said while addressing a seminar in Islamabad. He said that dialogue with the Taliban was the only way to restore peace in the country, adding that Prime Minster Nawaz Sharif has apparently been stopped from holding talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). He said that he would oppose any military action against the TTP. He dispelled the impression that he was supporter of Taliban and said that the Taliban are his supporters.
Criticising Sharif’s government for its failure to come up with a clear stance on the issue, the JUI-S leader said that people of tribal areas were being “sandwiched” from all directions. “A military operation will never be supported as 13,000 residents of North Waziristan have already migrated from the area,” he added.
The JUI-S chief said he had met Mullah Omer’s close friends recently and they believed that the US wants to wage a conflict between the Taliban and Pakistani military. He urged the government to announce a ceasefire and work for a peaceful solution to the problem. JUI-F chief Fazlur Rahman, speaking on the occasion, said that Pakistan could not remain indifferent to the situation in Afghanistan and added that events occurring in the neighbouring country and KP have far-reaching impacts on the entire world. He noted that future decisions to be taken should not be based simply on the internal situation of Pakistan but they should be made keeping in view the regional situation.
Munnawar Hassan, the leader of Jamaat-e-Islami, said that peace could not be restored in Afghanistan until single official of US forces remain in the war-torn country.
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