Maulana Samiul Haq. — File photo
Maulana Samiul Haq. — File photo
The image shows members of the high-powered committee designated by the government to facilitate talks with the Taliban. — File Photo
The image shows members of the high-powered committee designated by the government to facilitate talks with the Taliban. — File Photo
Chief cleric of Islamabad's Red Mosque, Maulana Abdul Aziz (L) and two senior religious party leaders, Maulana Samiul Haq (C) and Professor Mohammad Ibrahim, sit together after a meeting in Islamabad, Feb 3, 2014. The three are members of the Taliban-nominated committee set up to hold peace talks with the government's committee. — Photo by AFP
Chief cleric of Islamabad's Red Mosque, Maulana Abdul Aziz (L) and two senior religious party leaders, Maulana Samiul Haq (C) and Professor Mohammad Ibrahim, sit together after a meeting in Islamabad, Feb 3, 2014. The three are members of the Taliban-nominated committee set up to hold peace talks with the government's committee. — Photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD: Criticising the government’s negotiators for their failure to meet with representatives of the Taliban committee today, Maulana Samiul Haq alleged that the government was not serious about holding peace talks and feared that a military operation seemed imminent from the present situation.

Addressing a press conference in the federal capital, he also alleged that the government was under pressure to not carry out peace talks with Taliban militants, adding that their negotiators had backed out at the eleventh hour.

He appealed to the Taliban to remain patient and refrain from any inflammatory reactions in response to the government’s handling of affairs.

Earlier today, the committee representing the government for proposed peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban sought clarifications from the TTP committee on certain matters and excused itself from meeting with the negotiating team today.

Negotiators representing the two sides were scheduled to meet for preliminary peace talks in Islamabad at 2:00 pm to chart a “roadmap” for talks.

According to the state-run channel Pakistan Television (PTV), Irfan Siddiqui, convener of the four-member government committee, apprised member of the Taliban committee Maulana Samiul Haq of the decision to postpone the meeting and said a detailed statement in this regard would be issued any time today.

Moreover, the government’s committee had separately held a meeting today to discuss the situation emerging after the announcement of the TTP committee and its two members dissociating themselves from it.

The government’s committee comprises Irfan Siddiqui, Special Assistant to the prime minister on national affairs and member of the committee, Rustam Shah Mohmand, a former Pakistan ambassador to Afghanistan, Peshawar-based journalist Rahimullah Yousufzai and retired Major Amir Khan.

The meeting took place in the office of Irfan Siddiqui and discussed matters relating to the TTP committee.

It decided to ask the committee representing the TTP to provide clarifications on certain matters.

The committee first nominated by the TTP included the names of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, Maulana Samiul Haq, chief cleric of the Lal Masjid in Islamabad Maulana Abdul Aziz, Professor Mohammad Ibrahim of the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), and Mufti Kifayatullah, a former lawmaker of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) from Mansehra. However, Imran Khan and Mufti Kifayatullah refused to become members of the TTP committee.

The two sides held separate meetings in Islamabad on Monday and later decided to talk each other on Tuesday, Professor Ibrahim had earlier told AFP.

“We will talk to the Taliban after meeting the government committee,” he said. “Our first priority is peace. We will try to have a ceasefire first and then will try for a permanent peace.”

In the past, the militants have called for their prisoners to be released and for Pakistani troops to be pulled out of the seven tribal areas along the Afghan border.


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M Rafique
Feb 04, 2014 12:52pm

Just time pass activities. If these issue are being discussed what Mr. Irfan was doing for the last three days. Every aware of this development

aaa
Feb 04, 2014 03:47pm

And we were glued to the tv out of country.

Morad786
Feb 04, 2014 05:17pm

Sorry to say both TTP and the Political Parties and the Government are dancing around the issue.

Ordinary people are dying everyday from terrorist attacks as well as due to poverty and crime. It is a convenient position to be in for both as the focus is off their failures and crime...

Akram
Feb 04, 2014 05:53pm

what is the point in all these 'negotiators'? surely the TTP should directly talk to the government and if they are not ready to submit to the rule of law, the TTP should be destroyed. No one gave TTP the right to talk on behalf of anyone, they represent no one. The state (regardless of how we may view them personally), has been chosen by the people, thus they have the legitimacy to govern. The TTP must submit to the constitution or we must destroy them.

Omar pashtun
Feb 04, 2014 06:54pm

Wht do u expect from this committee if jokers like Irfan Siddiqui, is leading it. This government is total shambles, will get exposed soon!!

gangadin
Feb 04, 2014 07:12pm

@Akram: Sound like helpless and defeated.

A shah
Feb 04, 2014 07:48pm

TTP is the only organization which can protect the pakistani from the corrupt bureaucrat and criminal politician. However, every organization has good and bad sides!

Imran
Feb 04, 2014 08:09pm

Please come to a conclusion really fast. And yes, Taliban and their apologists should be worried because if a military action is decided, it will not be limited to the Taliban. We prosecute anyone supporting the Taliban ideology too. Your Islam has embarrassed Muslims throughout the world.

Azhar Hussain
Feb 04, 2014 09:21pm

Has the government and our leaders gotten so bad, that the killers of Pakistanis are dictating the terms of negotiation. At the sametime all closet Taliban supporters are coming out. Any other country the guys like Sami ul Haq; Maulana Aziz and Munawer Hussain would be held accessory to murder of Pakistanis. Wake up Pakistan.

Rahamathullah
Feb 04, 2014 09:36pm

Let them start the dialogue after singing bollywood song. People got a right to know what the stand of the government on issues to be discussed with terrorists.

numbersnumbers
Feb 05, 2014 12:45am

Please all note that Maulana Sami has NEVER criticized the TTP for the maiming and slaughter of tens of thousands of Pakistanis, but quickly criticizes the government for any attack or planned operation against the TTP!

Seedoo
Feb 05, 2014 12:54am

The operation should start with Maulana Sami-ul-Haq. he should be thrown in jail for being in cahoots with the militants.

Kaspar
Feb 05, 2014 01:13am

@M Rafique: Mr. Irfan Siddiqui is probably doing what he is being directed to do by his Chief. Do we not know how this government under NS works? We also know that the current talks between the two 'committees' are talks about talks, not talks per se. Yet, if they can persuade the Taliban to stop their violence, at least for the time being, it would be achievement enough. NS party should, as a minimum, behave like one in authority and show some .gut!

khanm
Feb 06, 2014 05:14pm

Their most brilliant achievement was their ability to be able to persuade each other to have a dialogue....Be positive..glass is not half empty. change your perception.Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement... remember blood is thicker than water. you all will be killing your own brothers in the name of religion and that would make you the worthy of going to ----