Sami asks govt, Taliban to focus on talks

Chief Taliban mediator says scholars backing peace talks and anchorpersons advocating war

AKHORA KHATTAK Taliban’s negotiating committee member Samiul Haq said on Sunday that the government and the Tehreek-i-Taliban should focus on the peace talks rather than a ceasefire.

Addressing a conference here, the chief Taliban mediator said that those talking about military action were ‘enemies of Pakistan’ as no party would get benefit from the war. He said that the rest of the world wanted war instead of peace in Pakistan and both sides would have to show patience.

Sami, who is heading his own faction of the Jamiat Ulem-e-Islam, said that the media and anchorpersons were advocating war while scholars were backing peace talks. He expressed his regrets over what he said were artificial barriers created every time there was progress in the negotiations.

Sami said that both the parties would be held responsible in case there was an escalation in hostilities. He said that Pakistanis would have to unite as one in order to douse the fire lit in it by foreigners. He said that hope was not lost and the peace talks between the government and Taliban would resume soon.

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