‘Father of Taliban’ appeals to govt and TTP to announce ceasefire

* Sami asks both sides to save country from destruction * Urges govt to stop bombing unarmed civilians * Ibrahim says TTP still wants to make peace process successful
‘Father of Taliban’ appeals to govt and TTP to announce ceasefire

AKORA KHATTAK: Making a fervent appeal to the government and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) for a ceasefire, member of Taliban dialogue committee Maulana Samiul Haq said on Saturday everyone should work to save the country from destruction and violence.
“I appeal to the government and Taliban in the name of Allah and Holy Prophet (PBUH) to announce a ceasefire,” he said while speaking at a prize distribution ceremony at Aiwan-e-Shariat of Darul Uloom Haqqania.
Haq said the issue of conflict is “not the constitution of Pakistan but Pakistan standing shoulder to shoulder with anti-Islam forces”.
He asked the government to stop bombing the unarmed civilians, warning that such acts would not resolve the issues but further aggravate them and cause more destruction. He said anti-Islamic forces in the West, liberal and secular Muslim scholars, officials and politicians were expressing their hatred towards Islam under the guise of Talibanisation.
Haq said the enemies of Islam are not worried about generals, leaders and so-called elected institutions because they are standing with anti-Islam forces and danger to the West is from religious institutions and their curricula. He said that religious institutions are not spreading terrorism and extremism but spreading the Islamic education of peace and tolerance.
He was of the opinion that if the government gives up policies of major powers and starts a dialogue with militants, all the acts of terrorism would come to an end. He said the solution to the problem lies in leaving the war on terror and parliament’s resolutions are clear guidance in this connection.
Meanwhile, another member of the Taliban-nominated committee Professor Ibrahim said that TTP wants a meaningful dialogue even after recent air strikes.
Talking to the media in Peshawar, he said TTP Shurah member Azam Farooq had contacted him and expressed his desire for the success of peace talks. He said the TTP was serious about the dialogue, adding that the negotiators representing it were more independent than those representing the government.
Professor Ibrahim said the government’s committee did not contact them and “we find out things through the media”.
The Taliban-nominated committee member said that the constitution of Pakistan is not un-Islamic and religious scholars had endorsed and signed it. Professor Ibrahim also said he would have no objection if the government wanted to hold direct negotiations with the Taliban leadership. 

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