ISLAMABAD: Welcoming the initiation of Doha peace process, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Wednesday reiterated his desire that the Pakistan government should also hold talks with Taliban to bring peace and stability in the region.

“The use of force does not work all the time and in all situations,” said the JUI-F chief while talking to a group of reporters after his meeting with a delegation headed by the Special Representative of United Nations (UN) Secretary General on Afghanistan Jan Kubis.

Answering a question, the JUI-F chief agreed that those who did not want to be part of the negotiations should be dealt with sternly, but at the same time called for finding out the forces obstructing talks when the national leadership had already decided and committed to holding talks with the Taliban.

He urged the international community and the US to pursue internal reconciliation to bring political stability in Afghanistan. “Internal reconciliation to bring political stability is much imperative so that after the withdrawal of the US in 2014, Afghanistan does not go back into civil war,” he added. When asked about his party’s alliance with the government, the JUI-F chief said the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was 100 per cent in agreement “with our priorities”.

“Joining cabinet seems to be the priority of some reporters, and not that of the JUI-F,” the Maulana said in a lighter tone in response to a question about the party’s plan to join the federal cabinet.

The Maulana criticised the PTI-led coalition government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, alleging that the provincial government had appointed 14 ministers, five advisers and five special assistants with ministerial status in violation of the 18th Constitution Amendment.

Earlier, the special UN representative on Afghanistan Jan Kubis met the JUI-F chief and apprised him of the UN’s efforts in the setting up of the Afghan Taliban’s office in Doha (Qatar).

A statement issued by Jan Achakzai, the spokesman for Maulana Fazlur Rehman, said the UN representative had linked peace in Pakistan with peace in Afghanistan.

Mr Kubis said the UN would continue to be engaged with Pakistan and other regional countries for a lasting solution for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

He also dispelled the impression that Pakistan was being bypassed. He said the UN supported a more stable, secure and prosperous future for the people of Pakistan.

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June 27, 2013 8:18 am

Talks with Pakistani Taliban who are mercilessly murdering innocent Pakistani. Maulana Fazl must be out of his mind. Pakistanis need to make a decision and that should be fight against extremists. Unfortunately, Pakistan is ruled by a "Kuggoo" and I do not expect a strong political message from him.

June 27, 2013 9:09 am

Its so easy for him to suggest because he did not lose any son or daughter, father or mother, brother or sister in those countless barbarous attacks by Taliban that killed 48000 innocent Pakistanis.

June 27, 2013 9:28 am

How many innocent people including torists did TTP killed this month? Mulana needs to get some sense.

June 27, 2013 10:04 am

Yes, negotiate with taliban while they continue to kill innocent people. Set up precedence that everyone should follow taliban to get heard!

June 27, 2013 10:07 am

Why should Pakistan talk to any banned outfit or Taliban for that matter???? It has now become imperative that border security should be tightened and a proper plan executed to route out terror from both internal and external threats. The Government is liable to provide security and safety to the people, and if this is allowed to linger on any further, all sense of safety will be lost.

June 27, 2013 10:20 am

o yes pleaseeeee...... send him with a white flag to the talibans (hopefully never to return again!)

NK Ali
June 27, 2013 10:31 am

here we go again. The maulana remains in high spirits for talks with the TTP but against taking any action. Why? Because, all his supporters get blown away. The maulana must understand, the USA will always come and go because they are ten thousand miles away. And hitting them with a catapult is not possible. We are having a contiguous border and live in the same locale so we cannot waiver in our action. Give them the rough end of the stick and then talk peace. No one is against peace but peace, but peace within well-defined plan of action and development. Salams

Javaad Ali
June 27, 2013 12:55 pm

I have seen videos of Taliban slowly slaughtering army soldiers. I have seen hear rending photos including that of screaming/crying teenager being comforted by a local policeman because he has just lost his father to a road-side bomb..............TALK / NEGOTIATE WITH THESE SAVAGES .......... HELL NO.

Ashiq Ahmad
June 27, 2013 2:11 pm

I wonder if JUI chief may identify the group or individual who may be consulted for dialogues? each of the politicians are apparently saving their skins and try to be saved of any revenge. I don't know if there is any interest on the other side for such dialogues or this is a one sided offer that will take 5 years, yet finish without any conclusion.

June 27, 2013 2:41 pm

Talk to the Taliban??? are these people crazy. They just killed 10 innocent mountaineer guests to our country and have killed thousands of innocent civilians. There is no talking to these terrorist, they simply need to be wiped out. Maybe Fazlur Rehman should go and talk to them himself. Im sick of these bearded madrassa educated folks who think they know what is going on in the world. Its because of these people that we are in our current position.

June 27, 2013 3:42 pm

How can there be any talk amidst the roar of bombs, killings of innocent, destruction of life long earnings of some etc. First the language of terror should come to a complete halt only then meaningful talks can be initiated. There is absolutely no scope for Talibanization in Pakistan, now or later.

June 27, 2013 3:44 pm

Da what? They have been in talk with Taliban for the past 20 years as to how to be a disruptive force!

Salim Akbani
June 27, 2013 4:34 pm

Sure, lets talk to mass murderers, thieves and bank robbers and beg for their mercy and then do as they ask us to.

This man and his madrasah bred terrorists will drag us back to the dark ages, where justice meant whoever had the sword was the judge, jury and the executioner.

Omar Zehri
June 27, 2013 5:31 pm

Alright santa

Sayeed Altaf Hussein
June 27, 2013 6:01 pm

I suppose he hasn't had one of his loved one killed by them. What is a Maulana doing in politics. Could it be because he is so corrupt no one want him to lead a pray in a moques.

June 27, 2013 7:16 pm

Would the self proclaimed Maulana sahib (I refuse to call any of these con artists "Mullah") kindly explain what are his objectives in the talk and what demands is he willing to agree to with the Taliban. We understand that force may not be working, but then again we may not be trying too hard, right? Perhaps we need to bomb them further and have our security agencies take them OUT! So exactly what is the point of the negotiations Mullah sahib, kindly elaborate a little. Let's not keep the PK awaam in the dark yet again about the terms of the negotiations that you are so insistent that this will work. Please share the details. Let's see how the awaam takes to these wonderful terms!!

June 27, 2013 7:19 pm

Mowlana is afraid for his life and playing another game. His father was against the creation of Pakistan and he is talking for future of Pakistan.

He should not be allowed in camera sensitive meetings concerning future talks of security of Pakistan. He looks like TTP agent, not trust worthy.

khalid sheikh
June 27, 2013 8:50 pm

Why did he not enter into talks with the Taliban when he was in the Govt.,all he was doing was getting his share of the loot and now he comes up with the bright idea of talking to the Taliban.He likes to fire the Gun on somebodys shoulder not his own Moulana go back to Islamic teachings and stop trying to be a politican and Blackmailer.

June 27, 2013 8:55 pm

TTP should be prosecuted for their sins and NOT brought to table for negotiations. Why is Mr. Rehman sympathetic to them?

Syed Hussain Akbari
June 27, 2013 9:16 pm

No not at all. They should be treated as Hazrat Ali ( k.w.) treated the Kharjis when despite so many dialogues they continued their terrorism. Laton ke bhoot baton se nahi maante.

Syed Hussain Akbari
June 27, 2013 9:15 pm

@sali: This molvi is senseless person.

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