ISLAMABAD/KARACHI/MULTAN: Almost all major political parties welcomed the Taliban statement in which the banned outfit announce a ceasefire for a month.
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman welcomed the Taliban’s declaration of a ceasefire.
He termed the Taliban announcement “a wise decision” and called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to convene an all-parties conference immediately.
Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah also welcomed the TTP’s announcement.
Talking to the media in Sukkur, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader said that his party wanted peace in the country by any means.
He said that all options must be considered to restore peace in the country, and added that if there would be sincerity from both sides, dialogue could be successful. The ANP, MQM and the PTI also welcomed the development, saying that peace must be giving a chance. The PPP and the ANP called it a positive step.
Talking to PPI on the phone soon after the Taliban announcement on Saturday, Senator Zahid Khan, the information secretary of the ANP, said that his party believed in the philosophy of non-violence action, and had always stressed the need for holding a dialogue, which was why it welcomed the Taliban announcement. He, at the same time, said that the ANP was doubtful about the sincerity of the Taliban, so it did not think that the announcement would help improve the situation of law and order in the country.
“The announcement is a positive step but there is no guaranty that different groups of the Taliban will stop their attacks,” he added.
To a question, he said that surgical strikes in North Waziristan were a reaction of the army, and the government had nothing to do with it, as it did not have the guts to take any action against the militants.
Meanwhile, PPP Sindh General Secretary Taj Haider also welcomed the Taliban’s announcement and called it a positive step. To a question, he said that the announcement would be good for law and order in Sindh, particularly in Karachi, as it had proved that the Taliban were active in the province.
Responding to a question, he said that the government should now make the Taliban accept the constitution of Pakistan and completely surrender. He said that if the Taliban did so, the PPP would support the government’s amnesty for them.
Haider said that if the issue could be solved through a dialogue, surgical strikes against the Taliban in North Waziristan should also be stopped during the dialogue process, as saving someone’s life was better than taking it.
Over in Multan: Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Liaqat Baloch, terming the Taliban’s offer of a ceasefire a positive development, said that it would surely help put the dialogue process on the right track.
In a statement on Saturday at the Madarass Jamiaul Aloom, he said that war was not a solution to any problem. He said that the dialogue process was the only way for the resolution of problems. Baloch also suggested holding direct talks.
He said there was an urgent need that politicians, the media, intellectuals and others should come on the same page to rid the country of all problems.
On this occasion, JI Deputy Secretary General Rao Zafar Iqbal, District Ameer Asif Mehmood Akhwani and others were also present.
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