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Taliban fighting for implementation of constitution: Maulana Sami

06 February, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Jamiat Ulema-e Islam (S) Maulana Samiul Haq has appealed the nation to pray for the success of dialogue process between government and outlawed Tehreek-e- Taliban Pakistan.

Talking to media and addressing a Kashmir rally here on Wednesday, Maulana Sami ul Haq, a member of Taliban's negotiating committee, said the success of dialogue process is necessary for bringing peace to the country.

Clarifying that his peace committee neither represented government, nor Taliban he said that the committee is impartial and would be neutral, seeing interests of both sides, Taliban and the government. The JUI-S chief also responded to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's suggestion that a member of the TTP should be included in the committee.

"This is a rather strange request. We are an independent committee. We do not belong to the government or the Taliban," he stated, adding that they would be looking out for the interests of both sides in the talks.

He stressed that their role would be of intermediaries who would go speak to the TTP and then relay their message to the government. Maulana Samiul Haq said that solution to the current issue lies in the hands of Taliban, and the government.

Maulana Sami added the government's committee had not taken any steps and they should initiate talks soon with his committee in order to reach the Taliban. According to Maulana Sami it was everyone's demand for Sharia to be implemented and the real issues were to separate from the US war and deliverance from slavery.

He said Taliban were not involved in recent wave of attacks. He criticized former president Musharraf, saying Pakistan is facing the terrorism problems because of him. Addressing to a Kashmir rally Samiul Haq said that the Taliban are fighting for the constitution of Pakistan.

Maulana Sami said he had expected Nawaz Sharif to renounce the foreign war when he became prime minister but he (Nawaz Sharif) failed to live up to this expectation.

The government is powerless in putting an end to the drone strikes and distancing Pakistan from the ongoing war, he had also said in his speech.

On Kashmir issue‚ Maulana Samiul Haq said Kashmiri people have rendered matchless sacrifices in their struggle for right to self-determination‚ which will not go in waste.

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