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Fazl advises Taliban not to act in haste

BANNU, March 13: Chief of his own faction of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said that both Taliban and the government should take the efforts for restoration of peace seriously.

Talking to media persons after a jirga with tribal elders of North Waziristan Agency at Durrani House here on Wednesday, Mr Rehman asked Taliban not to act in haste and wait for the outcome of efforts being made by the grand jirga.

He said that the rulers should also reciprocate the peace offer and take the steps taken for restoration of durable peace seriously.

The JUI-F chief said that the rulers had made wrong decision of owning the US war imposed on the region. He said that the government had made wrong decisions and sabotaged peace agreements in past.

He said that the all parties conference had achieved its objectives by coming up with a joint declaration on holding talks with Taliban for restoration of peace. Implementation of the joint declaration is the responsibility of the next government, he maintained.

Mr Rehman said that any conspiracy to delay general election would prove dangerous for the country and his party would oppose any such move.

He said that the party would adopt a consensus policy concerning seat-to-seat adjustment with other political parties for the upcoming elections. All such decisions would be taken in the best interest of the country and its people and country, he claimed.