Ulema urge TTP, govt for immediate ceasefire
01 October, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Top religious scholars of the country called for an immediate ceasefire by the government and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to save the country from further bloodshed and to ensure that the dialogue process reaches its logical conclusion.
Prominent ulema from Deoband school of thought, in a joint meeting, urged the government and TTP to declare ceasefire in the name of God and his messenger (PBUH). Most of these scholars said that some elements either try to sabotage the peace process or use certain groups to continue with the "game of death" in Pakistan. They strongly condemned the recent bomb blasts in Peshawar and expressed solidarity with the families of the victims. They termed the recent bomb blasts in Peshawar as part of a conspiracy to hurt law and order situation of the country.
In a joint statement issued after a crucial meeting, held under the chair of Maulana Salimullah Khan on Monday, the ulema called upon both the parties', government and Taliban, to halt armed action until the outcome of negotiations. Maulana Salimullah Khan said that an immediate ceasefire and dialogue process were inevitable to save the country from civil war.
He warned that some forces were hell bent on derailing the peace process, which is why killing of Muslims by Muslims sees no end in Pakistan. He advised the government and the TTP leadership to behave in a responsible manner and halt armed action until the outcome of negotiations.
The ulema expressed their satisfaction on the decision by the government, military and Taliban about ending civil war through dialogue. They also said that bloodshed was not the solution to any issue. They rejected the option of use of force and said that a ceasefire by both sides should be announced at the earliest. They suggested that the dialogue process would only succeed if both the government and Taliban ignore the hiccups and hurdles being created to sabotage the talks.
They also said it was their responsibility as per the teachings of Islam to make a truce between the warring Muslim groups. Those who attended the meeting included Mufti Rafi Usmani, Maulana Mufti Taqi Usmani, Dr Abdul Razaq Sikandar, Maulana Fazl Muhammad, Qari Hanif Jalandhari, Syed Adnan Kakakhel, Maulana Muhammad Hasan, Maulana Mukhtaruddin and Maulana Abdul Baba Shah Mansoor.