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'Foreign hand' wants to sabotage peace process: Maulana Sami

04 March, 2014

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ISLAMABAD: Taliban-nominated committee member Maulana Samiul Haq said on Monday that some neighbouring countries, India and United States want to damage the peace process.

Talking to newsmen at the Islamabad airport soon after arrival from Saudi Arabia, Maulana Sami said Islamabad court attack was an attempt by the anti-Pakistan elements to sabotage the dialogue process.

"I am very much hopeful about the peace talks. I can say with confidence that the negotiations will be successful," he said.

The JUI-S chief said he welcomes the strong denial of the Taliban who distanced themselves from the attacks in Islamabad and Khyber Agency. He said the Taliban had announced a ceasefire which reflects their "wisdom and political insight".

The maulana said the government should not be blame the TTP for every act of terrorism without proof. He said the government should utilise the one-month ceasefire and move forward for a peaceful solution to the problem of terrorism.

Sami said the Taliban should be given space to move freely, which he said would be useful for the peace process. He said that the list of prisoners of the people the Taliban want freed had been received and would be discussed soon.

Sami said the Taliban's announcement of a one-month cease-fire should be taken as a blessing, and all women, children and elderly in the government's captivity should be released.

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