Punjabi Taliban ready to hold 'serious' peace talks
21 October, 2013
PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD: The leader of the Punjabi Taliban and Junood-e-Hafsa, Asmatullah Moavia in his new message to the media has said talks are possible with the government on the basis of principles.
Moavia said talks could be held if the government resolves all those problems which are the cause of conflict. He explained that if the government reviews its foreign policy "which revolves around the US" and abolishes all such laws which are against Islam then rapprochement could be made quite easily.
Moavia claimed that his outfit has deep roots in all parts of the country and the main purpose of the group is to serve the country's people and Islam. He said the Punjabi Taliban are active for implementation of sharia for which this country was achieved.
The Punjabi Taliban leader said talks could not be held through the media or talk shows. He said the Taliban will present their demands only if the government shows seriousness. However, he said the media was presenting conditions for the talks from its side which is even against the ethics and principles of journalism. He said the Taliban will take the nation into confidence after the talks.
Moavia said Junood-e-Hafsa was established after the Lal Masjid military operation. He asserted that Maulana Abdul Rasheed Ghazi of the Lal Masjid raised his voice against vulgarity and obscenity, but under the US pressured the government launched an operation and caused massive bloodshed which caused the formation of Junood-e-Hafsa.
The Punjabi Taliban chief said the implementation of sharia in the country was not a difficult task for the government. For this purpose, he said, the government should gather ulema from all parts of the country who could give recommendations for the sharia system.
He said the Taliban cannot ignore the appeal of the ulema for peace, but it has also appealed to the government to stop violence. He said the government should take the initiative for peace.