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Prof Ibrahim urges security forces, Taliban to stop attacks

30 April, 2014

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PESHAWAR: The Jamaat-e-Islami's provincial head and a member of the Taliban talks committee, Prof Mohammad Ibrahim Khan, on Tuesday asked the security forces and militants to stop attacking each other so that efforts could be made for restoration of peace.

"Both the Taliban and soldiers are our brothers. We don't want that one brother kills the other. We want to end the fighting," he told reporters here.He added that both the committees had appealed to the militants and security forces to stop the attacks. "Shariah can neither be implemented by staging suicide attacks nor can peace be restored through military operations," Prof Ibrahim said.

The JI leader said the name of Ahrarul Hind was first heard after the Islamabad attack and no one knew anything about it before. He said the announcement of the ceasefire by the group should be welcomed.

He said there were examples that talks were even held during fighting but that increased the difficulties. "The meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also supported the talks, which is a good omen. We want the talks process to proceed," he continued.

The JI leader said his party had made a lot of efforts for the implementation of the Shariah as the country came into being in the name of Islam. "Shariah can be enforced after peace is restored," Prof Ibrahim said.

He said Major (retd) Mohammad Amir played an important role in the talks and they wanted him to continue that role as it would affect the process if he was out of it. He continued that there were some difficulties in contacting the militants. He added the Taliban negotiation committee coordinator, Maulana Yousuf Shah, had made contacts with the militants and their response was awaited.

Criticising the statement of the chief of the air staff about the operation, the JI leader said it was not good for the talks.Meanwhile, the JI Fata leaders on Tuesday announced to hold a tribal peace Jirga in the Nishtar Hall on May 1 to get suggestions and feedback from the Fata leaders, elite and intellectuals.

The JI Fata chief, Haroonur Rashid, said the JI head Sirajul Haq would chair the session. He said Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Sami chief Maulana Samiul Haq and some members of the talk committees had been invited to the Jirga.

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