JI wants army should be part of peace talks

Siraj says both committees working as messengers

LAHORE – Jamaat-e-Islami chief Sirajul Haq suggested on Friday that army officials should be included in the peace process so that talks between the government and Taliban could be fruitful.

Talking to a private TV channel, he said that the both negotiating committees have no empowerment and they were working as messengers. The government and the army should give authority to the committees, he said, adding the failure (of the talks) will be a failure for Pakistan.

Siraj also said that there was no other option except peace talks with Taliban for restoring peace and eliminating terrorism from Pakistan. He said that the national economy has been destroyed and more than 50 thousand people have been killed in the war against terrorism.

He suggested that the government should convene All Parties' Conference for holding consultations if the peace process with Taliban was failed. He said that his party also wanted peace in Karachi, adding that talks with MQM could be held if it left the path of persecution.

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