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Pakistan: PTI, JUI-F summon high level party meetings over Taliban decision

3rd Feb 2014

 

ISLAMABAD, (The News): Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) have summoned high level meetings of their party, respectively, to deliberate on the decision of Taliban pertaining to representing TTP.

 

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had proposed a five-member team, comprising four clerics and a politician, to hold peace talks with the government on its behalf.

 

“TTP wants Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Sami (JUI-S) chief Maulana Samiul Haq,  Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam cleric Mufti Kifayatullah, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader Professor Ibrahim, Lal Masjid’s Maulana Abdul Aziz, and Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan to be part of their team”, TTP spokeman Shahidullah Shahid told Geo News program “Capital Talk” anchor, Hamid Mir over the telephone.

 

Imran Khan, Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI), has urged the banned TTP to nominate its members for holding dialogue with the government representatives.

 

Other proposed team members have yet not come up with a confirmation whether they are ready to represent Tailban in talks.

 

Talking to media here Sunday, the JUI-F chief said that the meeting would review the representatives of the committee proposed by the TTP.

 

He said that both the Taliban and the tribal people have confidence over Jirga system. Why the Tribal Jirga System is being ignored, he questioned.

 

There is a need of peace not war in the country, he said.

 

Professor Ibrahim of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) said his top brass had allowed him to play a mediator’s role in the peace talks.

 

“I will only act as a Salis-e-Khair (intermediary for a good cause). That’s it.”

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