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Samiul Haq appeals for immediate ceasefire


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Maulana Sami said that the basic cause of tussle between the Taliban and government was the support of Pakistan to foreign powers. — File photo
Maulana Sami said that the basic cause of tussle between the Taliban and government was the support of Pakistan to foreign powers. — File photo

NOWSHERA/PESHAWAR: Chief of Taliban negotiation committee Maulana Samiul Haq has appealed to both the government and Taliban to announce ceasefire immediately.

“It is the duty of the government not to allow bombardment on innocent citizens, as this would further deteriorate the situation,” Maulana Sami said while addressing a prize distribution ceremony at Darul Uloom Haqqania here on Friday.

He said that announcing ceasefire and holding to it was the duty of both the parties. He called upon the ulema to present a proper agenda in front of the nation for liberation of the country from foreign clutches. The gathering was also addressed by Maulana Dr Sher Ali Shah and Maulana Anwarul Haq.

Maulana Sami said that the basic cause of tussle between the Taliban and government was the support of Pakistan to foreign powers. He said that some foreign powers and liberal elements and politicians of Pakistan were showing their anti-Islam feelings, which he termed a “fashion of the day”.

He said that anti-Islam forces were targeting the religious institutions and their curriculums. He said that the religious institutions were preaching Islam and had no link with terrorism.

He said that terrorist activities in the country could be effectively ended if the government reviewed its foreign policy and announced termination of its alliance with foreign powers.

He said that if the government could not talk with the US on the basis of equality the latter would be encouraged to target any part of the country.

In Peshawar, member of Taliban negotiation committee Prof Mohammad Ibrahim condemned the gunship helicopters’ shelling in Hangu district.

In a statement issued on Saturday, he said that there were reports about the killing of women and children in the shelling. He said that US warplanes had bombed Salala checkpost in Mohmand Agency for two hours, but the Pakistan Army did not take action at that time.

He said that his party, Jamaat-i-Islami, strongly condemned the shelling in Hangu. He claimed that the government and army had decided in principle to launch operation in tribal area. Prof Ibrahim said that if the army started operation, thousands of families would be rendered homeless and there would be surge in terrorism across the country.

He said that interlocutors were making efforts to bring the two sides to the negotiation table, but the government was not interested in talks. He castigated statement by the federal interior minister in which he said that army had been authorised to take action. “The army does not need the government’s permission to start operation,” he said.

Prof Ibrahim said that the government and its negotiation committee were powerless to meet with Taliban committee. He said that he had contacted Taliban leader Azam Tariq who offered that the TTP was ready for talks with the government in the light of Quran and Sunnah.

Comments (39) Closed

ahmed Feb 23, 2014 07:47am

The only language the taliban understand is the one they speak whenever they think they can get away with it - the language of the gun. It is time Pakistanis stopped being fooled by the self-serving rubbish of these hypocrites.

choag Feb 23, 2014 07:54am
  • these people are living in a made up world
MSA Feb 23, 2014 07:58am

None of the Samiul Haq's statements make any sense. The government must continue army action until the Talibans are eliminated. Collateral damage should be avoided as much as possible, but some collateral damage is inevitable.

GA Feb 23, 2014 08:01am

What does foreign policy have to do with blowing up schools Maulana? Stop deceiving the people.

Imran Feb 23, 2014 08:02am

Why is the media giving coverage to the pro-talibans? It's a war, the media should decide who's side they are on?

Omer Feb 23, 2014 08:06am

Agha Ata Feb 23, 2014 08:10am

They have received the message, I suppose, and they are coming into senses.

Abdur Rehman Feb 23, 2014 08:11am

This so called mullah never said a word when taliban were killing our soldiers and civilians. Now that our army took action against them, his Islam and humanity woke up and he is trying to put the blame of taliban atrocities on foreign forces. All taliban sympathizers should be in jail.

Rahman Feb 23, 2014 08:19am

We need to put a check on the financial support going to the madrassas. Children should not be forced to hifz the Quran. If you want to hifz the Quran, do it while you are mature. It will show your intention of seeking Allah's favor. A child does not know what he is doing and with these thugs educating them, it's very easy to convert them to suicide bombers.

enough! Feb 23, 2014 08:32am

enough is enough, how long pakistani media is going to subject the nation to these barbarians?

Saeed Shah Feb 23, 2014 08:36am

Professor Ibrahim condemns strikes by PAF. Did he ever condemn Taliban's gruesome killings? Is he with Taliban or is he with Pakistan? Maulana Sami says Taliban do not like Pakistan to support foreign powers. Can Taliban make up their mind as to what they want. And if they know what they want, can they not bring their demands to the government or to assemblies instead of shooting down innocent people? Which Shariah orders them to kill innocent people and fellow Muslims?

Sarah Feb 23, 2014 08:49am

No ceasefire as Taalibans are unfit to live in this world.It would not be justice to those families who have lost there near and dear ones to Taaliban barbarians.There are not Muslim but barbarians.

hussain684 Feb 23, 2014 09:32am

Are they in their senses. Can you live without intersupporting and alliances with foreign powers. Iran suffered isolation and results are in front of you. Now they are interacting with the world. Moreover should we let Taliban to continue because when ever they are taken to task they call it supporting the foreign powers. When ever they are taken to task, they propogate about killing of women and childern though no women or childeren were killed in these strikes otherwise media today would not hesitate to publish. What type of sharia should we implement...their type...why? As there are 4 sunni jursprudence and one shia jurisprudence. We hate you moulana. My appologies but the nation is yet to forget Madam Tahira remember??? LET US LIVE LIFE

Karachi Wala Feb 23, 2014 09:52am

Govt. ought to put Molana Sami ul Haq and prof. Ibrahim and all other religious leaders and scholars in favor of negotiations in jail immediately. Army should continue its operation with full force until all killers are killed and all of their supporters unconditionally put the arms down. Any negotiation offer should not be entertained. Period

Zobia Khan Feb 23, 2014 09:53am

Who does he think he is fooling?

Rahamathullah Feb 23, 2014 10:20am

Taliban does not deserve peace. The double play of killing and holding peace talks simultaneously speak of their dubious character. The government should not believe their words and continue to eliminate these anti-social and anti-national criminals. No bunch of thugs can fight a mighty government for long. People support the government to eradicate the evil from their midst.

raj Feb 23, 2014 10:26am

no ceasefire,please wipe them off.Just one round and they are on their knees.Now is the time which you might not get another one.Please please use it to the fullest extent to save ourselves and our childrens future

Amir Feb 23, 2014 10:58am

Why isn't Samiul Haq asking the same from his side as well. Who during peace talks killed so many soldiers, police officers, polio workers, etc? They came out full gun blazing, with one point agenda....Sharia.

We have seen what happened in Swat when this was agreed.

Taliban is gaining time to regroup. Full action by the military seems to be the only viable, yet costly solution.

Kalimullah Feb 23, 2014 11:04am

It is the duty of the government not to allow bombardment on innocent citizens

Taliban killed our innocent children and women and it is allowed in this Shariya and now Pakistan army is following this Shariya as per Taliban demand. So Maulana please don't talk against Shariya, because negotiation will be based on Taliban Shariya not our beloved Prophet (P.B.U.H) Shariya

Zane Feb 23, 2014 11:14am

Too late, too little moulana. Where were you when your boys slaughter 23 soldiers recently and 60 thousands innocent pakistanis over the last years.

rameez Feb 23, 2014 11:18am

Why does Mr professor Ibrahim not strongly condemn terrorist attacks by Taliban which kill work, children and minorities. Why he only condemns army action ? What Hypocrites

a thought Feb 23, 2014 11:58am

He forgotten a part of speech where he meant to say "forget about Harvard, Oxford, Yale or Stanford all the educational needs of the younger generation will be meet through the state of the art technological center of Darul Uloom Haqqania. The graduates from this prestigious institute trained by Maulana Sami, Prof Ibrahim, Maulana Aziz and others will through their business models and technological inovations will lead "the nation for liberation of the country from foreign clutches". They will lead the agenda in the forighn policies and other forieign powers will look for directions from them

mirza j baig Feb 23, 2014 12:06pm

I think you must go to hell and take the talibans with you too please

Oz Feb 23, 2014 12:49pm

How predictable that mulla claims ceasefire now, where were his ceasefire cries when over 70000 Pakistanies died leaving behind orphans, handicapped men, women, children with no support. I pray the wrath of Allah and Pak Army falls on him and his Taliban offsprings.

M Rafique Feb 23, 2014 12:53pm

vIV Feb 23, 2014 01:04pm

I seriously feel this guy deserves the next Nobel prize

hasnain Feb 23, 2014 02:56pm

The prime Minister and all Parliament have authority only because they are elected under the constitution of Pakistan if any party wants to amend the constitution they have to win in an election and follow the procedure to amend which includes getting majority of the population to back the amendment Pakistan cannot agree which is the right sharia and majority of the people accept the current recognition of all religions' and sects guaranteed by the constitution so no acceptance of constitution no peace deal let the Taliban leadership declare they accept the country's laws or be declared traitors that they ARE.

Ali Hassan Bhatti Feb 23, 2014 05:02pm

Kill him too

Hussain Feb 23, 2014 05:03pm

In country with little self respect and confidence, this person would have been behind the bar with common criminals. The media is giving him too much of publicity.

S. A. M. Feb 23, 2014 06:16pm

A very cunning way to further strengthen his position in the eyes of taleban. He must have known before hand what sort of response his statement will get from the masses. The more people comment against molana's statement the more points will be credited to his account with the taleban. Lets compare the brutalities of taleban with that of a tyrant and all powerful boss in an office. the people that lick the boots of the tyrant boss find themselves in the middle of troubles when the tyrant boss gets suddenly fired. molana plese don't commit the blunder.

Riaz Feb 23, 2014 06:30pm

No stopping now. Taliban knows that if Pak Army is going to continue to pund them, then Taliban will be finished in no time. Pak Army is not like US Army that can only fight from Air. Pak Army knows gorilla war too, and they can find and finish all the Talibans on the land. Keep going Pak Army, no ceasefire now. I say, they shouldbomb Sami Ul Haq's house the next and kill this barbarian Mullah too along with the Mullah Burkha of Lal Masjid.

Amr Feb 23, 2014 06:39pm

@hasnain: The elected representatives have been entrusted to implement the constitution. And yes if they have the required majority and the guts to remove the Islamic injunctions from it then they are welcome to give a shot.

Lakhkar Khan Feb 23, 2014 10:06pm

No surrender, no peace. Disarm now if you want to talk peace.

Aftab Feb 23, 2014 10:59pm

@Hussain: In fact he should be hanged in public on charges of treason for supporting a terrorist network that has killed over 50,000 Pakistanis including women children and the military personnel.

Danish Feb 24, 2014 12:18pm

Gen. Musharraf is facing treason charges for making Pakistan a moderate State and God-father of radicals who denounce "Constitution of Pakistan" enjoying full freedom and playing with the lives of millions of innocent Pakistanis.

What a shame, this happens only in Pakistan!

Muhammed Ali Feb 24, 2014 03:20pm

The taliban are asking for something they will never get the surrender of Pakistan to them...the peace talks were just a gimmick that were never going to suceed, they knew and we knew it....the Pak Army will now crush them inshallah...

independentthinker Feb 25, 2014 01:40am

Complete elimination of the Talibans from Pakistan is the only option! Where were all these appeals when they were out there blowing up schools, markets, buses, slaughtering innocent civilians, police, our brave soldiers, etc.? Pakistani military has lost a lot of credibility - time to regain it back!

Ahmer Feb 25, 2014 12:28pm

TTP will regret firing the first shot at our Ghazis. They gave woken up a tiger.

Nora Kushti Feb 25, 2014 11:23pm

Talibans should consider immediate surrender. Cease fire is not a proper noun here.