LAHORE: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader Syed Munawar Hasan said on Friday that peace talks with the Taliban could not move along military air strikes.
Addressing a Friday prayer congregation, he asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to reject the US and India’s pressure, ignore the demand for the use of force, and restore the talks process. He warned that a military operation was the path of destruction and a conspiracy to build a wall of hatred between people and armed forces.
The JI chief reiterated that the prime minister should personally lead the talks and invite the Taliban to the negotiation table directly, as this would help find a way out. He said that so far the prime minister had acted with great restraint and tolerance, and expressed hope that as chief executive the premier would pull the talks out of the deadlock. The prime minister should hear the committees of both sides and prove himself as a ray of hope instead of pushing the nation into despair, the JI chief said. He said that air strikes would only create panic instead of achieving any target.
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