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طالبان و سپاہ صحابہ نےمولانا حسن جان، مولانا معراج  الدین سمیت متعدد دیوبندی علما قتل کیے ہیں – مولانا فضل الرحمان کا انکشاف

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جمعیت علما اسلام کے سربراہ مولانا فضل الرحمان نے انکشاف کیا ہے کہ طالبان کے تکفیری دیوبندی گروہ طالبان و سپاہ صحابہ نے مولانا حسن جان، مولانا معراج  الدین، مولانا محسن شاہ، مولانا نور محمد سمیت متعدد دیوبندی علما کو طالبان کی عسکریت پسندی اور تشدد پسندی کی مخالفت کی وجہ سے قتل کیا – حامد میر کے پروگرام کیپیٹل ٹاک میں بات کرتے ہوے مولانا فضل الرحمان نے طالبان، مذاکرات اور دہشت گردی پر بات کرتے ہوے چند اہم سوالات کے جواب دیے جو کچھ یوں ہیں

حامد میر : حکومت اور طالبان کے مذاکرات کے بارے میں آپ کا کیا کہنا ہے ؟

مولانا فضل الرحمان : اگر مذاکرات کرنے ہیں تو طالبان کے تمام گروہوں سے مذاکرات کرنے ہونگے ورنہ طالبان کے وہ گروہ جو امن مذاکرات کرنے پہ راضی ہونگے ان کے لوگ انھیں چھوڑ کے دوسرے گروہوں میں شامل ہو جایں گے اور یہ کہیں گے کہ ہم تو مذاکرات کے عمل میں شامل نہیں تھے –

حامد میر : مولانا عبد العزیز کہتے ہیں کہ پاکستان کا آئین غیر اسلامی ہے جبکہ طالبان کہتے ہیں ان کی جنگ پاکستان میں اسلامی شریعت کے نفاذ کے لئے ہےاس بارے میں آپ کا کیا کہنا ہے ؟

  مولانا فضل الرحمان: آپ غیر ضروری اور فضول قسم کے لوگوں کے بیانات کو سوال بنا کر پیش نہ کریں اس سے لوگوں میں غیر یقینی کی کیفیت پیدا ہوتی ہے عبد العزیز کی عقل و فہم کا مظاہرہ ہم لال مسجد کے معاملے میں دیکھ چکے ہیں جنہوں نے پاکستان کو تباہ کاریوں میں دھکیل دیا ہے – اس قسم کے جذباتی لوگوں کا قومی معاملات سے کوئی لینا دینا نہیں ہونا چاہیے – دو ہزار دس میں لاہور میں ہونے والی علما کانفرنس میں تمام مکاتب فکر کے دیوبندی، بریلوی اور اہلحدیث علما موجود تھے جن میں سنی بریلوی عالم سرفراز نعیمی شہید بھی موجود تھے – ان دنوں سوات میں صوفی محمد اور نظام عدل کے معاملات خبروں کا حصہ تھے – اور ان کا یہ کہنا تھا کہ جمہوریت کو نہیں مانتے اور جمہوریت کفر اور انگریزوں کا قانون ہے -اس وقت علما نے ایک متفقہ قرار داد پاس کی جس میں کہا گیا کہ ہمارے اکابرین پاکستان کا آئین بنانے میں شامل تھے اور ہم اپنے اکابرین کی تہہ کردہ ائینی جزیات پر نظر ثانی کرنے کی اجازت نہیں دینگے – اور ہم اکابرین کی متفقات کو زیر بجث لانے کی اجازت نہیں دینگے – کیوں کہ ان متفقات کو چھیڑنا ملک کو گھمبیر حالات کا شکار کر دیگا . جمعیت علما اسلام نے پاکستان بھر سے پچیس ہزار علما کو دعوت نامہ بھجوا کر بلایا اور ان سے قرار داد منظور کروائی جن میں علما دیوبند کا اکابر علما تھے – جس میں دس ہزار علما شریک ہوے اور اور قرار داد میں یہ بات کی گیی کہ ہم پاکستان کے آئین کی حدود میں رہتے ہوے شریعت کے نفاذ کے لئے پر امن جد و جہد جاری رکھیں گے اور ہم عسکری جد و جہد پر یقین نہیں رکھتے – طالبان کے نظام کی حمایت کا الزام دیوبندی مسلمانوں پر لگایا جاتا ہے لیکن یہ بھی غور کریں کہ گلگت سے لے کر کراچی تک کے دیوبندی حضرات اس کانفرنس میں شریک تھے اور اور اعلامیہ میں ایک نکتہ یہ بھی تھا کہ پاکستان میں طالبان اور سپاہ صحابہ کی قسم کی عسکری جد و جہد کرنا غیر ائینی اور غیر شرعی ہے – اس قرار داد پر دارلعلوم حقانیہ، جامہ کراچی ، بنوری ٹاؤن اور جامہ اشرافیہ سب کا اتفاق تھا – اور جب یہ تمام اکابر متفق  ہوں تو پھر ہمیں آئین کے بارے میں کسی قسم کا شک نہیں ہونا چاہیے – علما کا اجماع پاکستان کے آئین کے ساتھ ہے اور اسی لئے میں کہتا ہوں کہ میں اجماع کے ساتھ ہوں

حامد میر : کیا آپ پر حملہ کرنے میں بھی طالبان ملوث تھے ؟ آپ پر حملہ کیوں کیا گیا ؟

مولانا فضل الرحمان : وہ بھی پاکستانی ہیں اور ایک مخصوص سوچ رکھتے ہیں – مگر وہ تشدد کے راستے پر نکل گیے ہیں انھیں واپس لانا ہوگا – حالانکہ طالبان مجھ پر حملے کر چکے ہیں – پاکستان کے آئین سے وفا داری کی وجہ سے مجھ پر حملے کے گیے –

حامد میر: کیا آپ پر حملے طالبان نے کیے؟

مولانا فضل الرحمان :جی ہاں مجھ پر حملے طالبان نے کیے ہیں، اور کیا فرشتوں نے کیے ہیں؟ مولانا حسن جان کو کیوں شہید کیا گیا؟ ان کا جرم یہ تھا کہ انہوں نے پاکستان میں خود کش حملوں کو حرام قرار دیا تھا٠ مولانا حسن جان میرے استاد تھے، میری پارٹی کے رہنما تھے، شیخ الحدیث تھے اور میرے بھائی کے بھی استاد تھے -اسی طرح مولانا نور محمد صاحب کو طالبان نے خود کش حملے میں شہید کیا

حامد میر :  کیا ان کو طالبان نے شہید کیا تھا؟

 مولانا فضل الرحمان : خود کش حملہ اور کون کرتا ہے؟ مولانا معراج  الدین اور مولانا محسن شاہ کو بھی طالبان نے شہید کیا – طالبان کے اندر بھی اتفاق نہیں ہے – مختلف سوچ کے لوگ وہاں بھی موجود ہیں – طالبان کے اندر بھی علما پر حملوں کی مزاحمت موجود ہے جس سے ان کو نقصانات بھی ہوے ہیں – میں اس بارے میں کبھی شاکی نہیں رہا لیکن آپ کے سوالات کے جوابات دینے کے لئے مجھے یہ سب حقائق بتانا پڑے

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  • Maulana Sahib knows the art of riding in two baats at a time.

    saaf chuptay bhi nhaeen saamnay aatay bhi naheen.

    Militants Turn Against Pakistan’s JUI-F Islamist Party
    Posted: May 5, 2012 in CTC Sentinel

    by Zia Ur Rehman

    April 23, 2012

    http://www.ctc.usma.edu/posts/militants-turn-against-pakistans-jui-f-islamist-party

    Jamiat-i-Ulama-i-Islam-Fazlur (JUI-F) is one of the leading Islamist political parties in Pakistan. The JUI-F is considered ideologically similar to the Taliban, and the party is popular in northwest Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (KP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Yet in the past four years, several activists and leaders of the JUI-F have been targeted and killed in KP and FATA by unidentified Islamist militants. Even the JUI-F’s right-wing leader, Maulana Fazlur Rahman, has been targeted in two failed assassination attempts.[1]

    Although no group has claimed credit for the attacks, analysts believe that the operations have been executed by irreconcilable Pakistani militant groups that disapprove of the JUI-F’s “appeasement” policies. These include the JUI-F’s decision to support the present ruling coalition in Islamabad, which is carrying out military operations against Pakistani Taliban groups in FATA,[2] as well as the party’s reported attempts to engage the United States on peace talks for the war in Afghanistan.[3]

    Attacks against the JUI-F can be dated to 2008, when the JUI-F became part of Pakistan’s coalition government after participating in the country’s general elections. The JUI-F took control of three federal ministries as part of the coalition. By partaking in democracy, the JUI-F appears to have turned its former patrons in the Pakistani Taliban into enemies.

    This article profiles the JUI-F and examines the party’s ties to Pakistani and Afghan Taliban factions. It also explains why Taliban factions have turned against a party that, to outside observers, appeared to be an ally.

    A Profile of JUI-F
    The JUI-F, led by Maulana Fazlur Rahman, is Pakistan’s leading religious political party. It follows the Deobandi movement within Sunni Islam, and it is the most influential organization in Pakistan calling for a “pure Islamic state.” It primarily functions as an “electoral party” where success in elections, no matter how limited, provides the party the opportunity to form governments at the provincial level as well as have a presence in federal cabinets. This gives the party resources and power.[4]

    The JUI-F has a firm organizational structure, and it has widespread support in KP, FATA and Baluchistan Province. Indeed, it is considered Pakistan’s only political party that has a strong organizational structure in the volatile tribal areas. Much of the party’s support derives from its connections to northwest Pakistan’s network of madrasas (religious seminaries).[5]

    The JUI-F has influence with many of Pakistan’s militant groups, including those led by Hafiz Gul Bahadur and Waliur Rahman Mehsud.[6] In June 2010, for example, the JUI-F pressured the government to release approximately 300 alleged Taliban members from prison, as the men were also JUI-F party members.[7]

    The party is known for its close ties to Afghanistan’s ousted Taliban regime. Demonstrating the connection between the groups, on October 26, 2011, the Afghan Taliban issued an unprecedented condolence statement for the death of Maulana Abdul Ghani, a deputy leader of JUI-F who died in a car accident in Baluchistan Province.[8] Members of the Afghan Taliban leadership were also in attendance at Abdul Ghani’s funeral.[9]

    Nevertheless, although the JUI-F is linked to Taliban militant groups operating in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, the party has never openly supported sectarianism and violent jihad. As a result, many leaders terminated their association with the JUI-F after differences erupted over issues of sectarianism and violence in the 1980s and 1990s and then formed their own militant organizations—such as Sipah-i-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), Harkat-ul-Mujahidin (HuM) and Jaysh-i-Muhammad (JM). All of these organizations are now declared banned by the government.[10]

    The JUI-F itself is one of three splinter groups. One faction, known as Jamiat-i-Ulama-i-Islam-Samiul Haq (JUI-S), was formed by Maulana Samiul Haq in the mid-1980s after Rahman refused to support the military ruler at the time, Ziaul Haq. Samiul Haq is commonly referred to as the “Father of the Afghan Taliban” due to his leadership of the Darul Uloom Haqqania madrasa in Akora Khattak, from where many of the top leaders of the Afghan Taliban movement, including Mullah Omar, graduated.[11]

    Another faction, Jamiat-i-Ulama-Islam-Nazariati (JUI-N), was formed by hardcore pro-Taliban leaders of the JUI-F in Baluchistan Province in the 2008 general elections. This splinter group complained that the JUI-F leadership had abandoned the preaching of “jihad” and had stopped supporting the Afghan Taliban.[12] Incidentally, the JUI-N, led by Maulana Asmatullah, a member of parliament from Baluchistan, was the first religious party that organized a protest rally on May 2, 2011 in Quetta to pay homage to slain al-Qa`ida chief Usama bin Ladin. The JUI-N, unlike the JUI-F, is openly supportive of the Afghan Taliban.

    Attacks on JUI-F Leaders
    After the JUI-F’s successes in the 2008 general elections, many Taliban militants appeared to turn against the party. From 2008 forward, Pakistani Taliban groups began to execute suicide attacks against the JUI-F’s leadership. Dozens of JUI-F leaders, including former parliamentarians, have since been killed.[13]

    Most recently, on January 25, 2012, Haji Gul Rahman Afridi, the former local chief of the JUI-F in the Landi Kotal area of Khyber Agency in FATA, was shot to death in the Shahi Bagh area of Peshawar by unidentified assailants.[14] Another JUI-F leader and former mayor, Haji Muhammad Azeem, was killed on January 3, 2012, in the Naverkhel area of Lakki Marwat District of KP.[15]

    Maulana Merajuddin, a former member of parliament from South Waziristan Agency and head of the JUI-F in the FATA region, was shot dead in May 2010 in Tank District of KP.[16] Merajuddin was a key figure in the government’s talks with tribal elders and militants, and he helped to broker peace deals in South Waziristan Agency in 2005 and 2007. Maulana Salimullah, a leader of the JUI-F, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Karak District of KP on May 29, 2010.[17]

    Similarly, another former member of parliament from South Waziristan Agency, Maulana Noor Muhammad Wazir, was killed along with 30 other people in a suicide attack at a mosque in Wana in South Waziristan on August 24, 2010.[18] Muhammad was also an influential figure who had several times acted as a negotiator between the Pakistani Taliban and the government, but was opposed to the presence of Uzbek militants in the region, providing support to dislodge them.[19]

    Haji Khan Afzal, the former district mayor of Hangu District in KP and a central leader of the JUI-F, was killed on September 18, 2009, when a bomb ripped through a mosque in Kach Bazaar Killay in Hangu. Afzal played an important role in freeing government employees and others kidnapped by the TTP during and after clashes with Pakistan’s security forces in the Doaba area of Kohat District in 2009.

    Then, in 2012, the most egregious attacks on the JUI-F occurred. On March 30, militants attempted to assassinate JUI-F head Fazlur Rahman near Swabi District in KP. The following day in Charsadda District, militants again tried to assassinate Rahman. Both attempts failed.

    Implications
    Although political killings are part of Pakistan’s history, attacks on the pro-Taliban JUI-F—especially on Rahman himself—are especially peculiar. The assassination attempts on Rahman came days after leaked U.S. State Department cables revealed that the JUI-F leader purportedly wanted to mediate between the United States and the Afghan Taliban in 2007. After this disclosure, Afghan Taliban militants and the al-Qa`ida leadership reportedly decided to sever links with the JUI-F.[20] Some experts believe that this development could be one of the causes for the attempts on Rahman’s life. Other analysts believe that the attacks on the JUI-F’s leadership are a result of a growing ideological divide among Pakistani Taliban militants concerning the legitimacy of the Pakistani state. Pakistani Taliban militants openly denounce democracy and label the Pakistani state “un-Islamic,” while the JUI-F supports democratic means as well as the authority of the Pakistani state.[21] Indeed, it participated in the ruling coalition government.

    It is difficult to say which factions among the Pakistani Taliban have an interest in attacking the JUI-F. The North Waziristan-based militant commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur, however, condemned the attacks and announced that an investigation will be conducted into the assassination attempts.[22] Security analysts believe that the TTP may be behind the attacks, as it is thought that the TTP’s relationship with the JUI-F has deteriorated over the last five years, and that the JUI-F has reduced some of its political support to the Taliban in general. As a result, the TTP and other Taliban groups have viewed the JUI-F’s actions as a betrayal, and have attacked its leaders and activists.[23]

    The JUI-F’s members have also reportedly become concerned about the “new Taliban” leaders in Pakistan who do not seem to appreciate the party’s long-standing contribution to the Taliban’s cause.[24] Attacks on public rallies and the killing of JUI-F leaders have likely caused the party to rethink its support to Taliban militants of all factions going forward.

    It is pertinent to mention that the JUI-F has not joined the Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC)—an alliance of religious parties—formed after a NATO airstrike killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November 2011.[25] After the incident, Pakistan blocked NATO’s road-bound supply routes into Afghanistan. The DPC and Taliban militant groups opposed the resumption of NATO supply convoys to Afghanistan, yet on April 12 Pakistan’s parliament recommended allowing the convoys to continue. After a meeting among JUI-F chief Rahman, U.S. ambassador Cameron Munter and President Asif Ali Zardari, the JUI-F reluctantly approved of the decision.[26]

    These actions show that the JUI-F is now acting on the policy of adopting democratic and parliamentary politics instead of supporting militant and jihadist groups.

    Conclusion
    The attacks on JUI-F’s leaders reveal intra-jihadist struggles in Pakistan. It also suggests that the JUI-F, Pakistan’s largest Islamist political party, has likely reduced its support to Taliban militants of all factions. The attacks on JUI-F’s rallies and leaders have compelled the party to present a more moderate face in public, criticizing the Taliban for un-Islamic acts and denouncing suicide attacks. Although the JUI-F draws much of its support from the more conservative and religious sections of Pakistan, this base does not necessarily support the violent actions of the Taliban.

    Additionally, the unwillingness of the JUI-F to join the DPC is also an indication that the party is interested in pursuing democracy in Pakistan rather than increasing its support to banned militant groups and right-wing parties.

    Zia Ur Rehman is a journalist and researcher and covers the militancy in Pakistan. He has written for several international and national publications including The Friday Times, Central Asia Online, The Jamestown Foundation, Himal South Asian and The News International and contributed to the New York Times.

    [1] Javed Aziz Khan, “March 31 Charsadda Attack,” The News International, April 2, 2011.

    [2] Manzoor Ali and Qaiser Butt, “Charsadda Strike: Second Target Attack on Maulana Fazlur Rehman,” Express Tribune, April 1, 2011.

    [3] “Wikileak: Fazlur Rehman’s Votes Were ‘Up to Sale,’” Express Tribune, June 1, 2011.

    [4] “Islamic Parties in Pakistan,” International Crisis Group, December 16, 2011.

    [5] Personal interview, Ahmed Wali, journalist based in Karachi, March 3, 2012.

    [6] Hafiz Gul Bahadur is a Taliban militant commander operating in North Waziristan Agency, while Waliur Rehman Mehsud is the chief of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan’s South Waziristan Agency chapter. Personal interview, anonymous journalist based in Bannu, March 6, 2011.

    [7] Zia Khan, “Govt to Set Free over 300 JUI-F Activists,” Express Tribune, June 14, 2010.

    [8] Syed Shoaib Hassan, “Rare Taliban Praise for Pakistan’s Maulana Abdul Ghani,” BBC, October 27, 2011.

    [9] Ibid.

    [10] Personal interview, Ahmed Wali, March 3, 2012.

    [11] “Islamic Parties in Pakistan,” International Crisis Group, December 16, 2011.

    [12] Personal interview, Hafiz Fazal Barech, a leader of the JUI-N, November 12, 2011.

    [13] Tom Hussain, “New to Pakistan’s Taliban-heavy Tribal Areas: Political Campaigns,” Christian Science Monitor, January 31, 2011.

    [14] “JUI-F Leader Shot Dead in Peshawar,” Dawn, January 26, 2012.

    [15] “JUI-F Leader Killed Near Naverkhel,” The Nation, January 3, 2012.

    [16] “Peace Broker Gunned Down in Pakistan,” UPI, May 21, 2010.

    [17] “JUI-F Leader Gunned Down in Karak,” Daily Times, June 1, 2011.

    [18] “South Waziristan Tense After Cleric’s Killing,” Daily Times, August 25, 2010.

    [19] Manzoor Ali, “Bomber Targets ex MNA in Wana,” Express Tribune, August 24, 2010.

    [20] In the words of one former Taliban official, “Maulana Fazlur Rahman, who has been an ally of the Pervez Musharraf regime and is also a partner in the present ruling coalition, had strong contacts with militant groups in Afghanistan as well as Pakistan but nobody did even imagine until now that he is constantly in touch with the Americans also.” See Mazhar Tufail, “Fazlur Rehman Getting Isolated After Wikileaks Exposure,” The News International, December 8, 2010.

    [21] Personal interview, Ahmed Wali, March 3, 2012.

    [22] Pazir Gul, “Militant Leader to Investigate Attack of Fazl,” Dawn, April 5, 2011.

    [23] Nicholas Schmidle, “Next-Gen Taliban,” New York Times, January 6, 2008.

    [24] The JUI-F played a key role in the anti-Soviet Afghan jihad of the 1980s. Yet the current leadership of the Pakistani Taliban was too young to participate in the Afghan jihad, and as a result they do not appear to respect the JUI-F’s contribution to that cause.

    [25] For a detailed analysis of the DPC, see Arif Rafiq, “The Emergence of the Difa-e-Pakistan Islamist Coalition,” CTC Sentinel 5:3 (2012).

    [26] Raja Asghar, “No Arms Conduit, Green Signal for Non-Lethal Nato Supplies,” Dawn, April 13, 2012.

    http://afpakwatch.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/militants-turn-against-pakistans-jui-f-islamist-party/

  • Armed struggle against Pakistan is un-Islamic: Fazl

    Says 150 Ulema made this declaration; Taliban turned against him and attacked him; talks to Hamid Mir in Geo News programme ‘Capital Talk’

    Monitoring Desk
    Thursday, February 13, 2014
    From Print Edition

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    Armed struggle against Pakistan is un-Islamic: Fazl
    ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that the JUI-F invited 25,000 Ulema to Peshawar and 10,000 to Quetta and passed a resolution that they were bound to enforce Shariah remaining within the ambit of the law and the Constitution as they had nothing to do with the ongoing militancy, and 150 recognised religious scholars of the Deobandi school of thought unanimously declared that launching an armed struggle within Pakistan is against Shariah.

    He said at this, the Taliban turned against him after this declaration and made him the butt of criticism. After these attacks severe reaction came to surface in the ranks of Taliban. Taliban martyred Maulana Hasan Jan, Maulana Noor Mohammad and Maulana Mairajuddin Mehsud simply because they opposed suicide attacks.

    Maulan Fazlur Rehman said this in his exclusive interview in Geo News programme ‘Capital Talk’ hosted by Hamid Mir.He said that the GHQ held the key to negotiations with Taliban as armed revolt against the state within Pakistan was against Shariah.

    He said that the Taliban turned against him and launched attacks on him after he supported the standpoint of the Ulema. “I have placed proposals for success of talks before the prime minister. The Swat agreement was wrong with a lot of defects. A part of my speech was made the basis of Swat operation. I am afraid that any future operation may be launched on the pretext of today’s story. In view of past experience one should beware of possible danger,” he said.

    Maulana said, “War is a requirement of the US and the West and they have imposed it on us in the name of war on terrorism. We have always endeavoured to solve all problems and overcome all difficulties through negotiations. We were instrumental in concluding the South Waziristan agreement and I myself was a party to agreement in North Waziristan. It was I who wrote all the points of the agreement. All the North Waziristan organisations still adhere to the agreement. We contained the circumstances during the tenure of Muttahida Majlise Amal (MMA). We have been offering proposals for amelioration of the situation. If someone does not give importance to our contribution, we have nothing against him.”

    “The GHQ holds key to dialogue with Taliban whose yes or no will spell out the progress or otherwise of talks. I sincerely and honestly told the prime minister to take the army and establishment on board in any case. Unless that is done, no effort is likely to meet with success,” Fazl said.

    He conceded that he was satisfied with his talks with the prime minister.Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that he informed the prime minister that the job would remain incomplete if talks were held only with TTP. A comprehensive and satisfactory solution could be found only when all the militant organisations were brought on one platform and talks were held with all of them.

    He said that it was feared if they came to terms with one outfit, what would happen if those left out dissociated from TTP and declared to continue their terrorist activities and those in bunkers joined them. He said that he would cooperate with the government in the dialogue process. He said that he would be happy if the government succeeded.

    Commenting on Mufti Kifayatullah’s name in the Taliban committee, Maulana Fazlur Rehman revealed that even before the committee was announced by TTP, he had advised the Taliban to nominate members of the committee from their own ranks. When Mufti Kifayatullah’s name came, the matter was discussed with the high-ups and parliamentary party and the party had a consensus not to put the JUI-F to any test as the party did not feel satisfied with the mechanism of dialogue.

    He said that he had always been an advocate of good things but he had never desired to be in the driving seat. “My person is not more valuable than the country, Islam, religious belief, and political norms. I fully support Maulana Samiul Haq and I am not out of the negotiation process because of him. The tribal Jirga had talked of peace but had not talked of their role in the process,” he said.

    To a question, Maulana said that it was not for the first time that Taliban had agreed to talks within the framework of Constitution. “In his letter to me, Baitullah Mehsud had offered to settle matters within the framework of the law and Constitution of Pakistan. After his martyrdom Hakimullah Mehsud sent me the same letter. He had talked of a safe life under law and regulations. Both the gentlemen had written that they would not accept guarantee of anyone less than Fazlur Rehman,” he said.

    Maulana Fazlur Rehman said when the matter was being discussed in Parliament, there were no activities going on, whereas currently talks and terrorist activities were going on simultaneously. “We should not highlight Maulana Abdul Aziz as his wisdom and far-sightedness has led to Lal Masjid disaster,” He said.

    Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that he had placed before the prime minister his suggestions for successful negotiations. These would facilitate the talks’ process. He was critical of Swat operation and pointed out the faults in that in Parliament. The operation was however started making a part of his speech as the basis. Swat agreement was concluded with the support of the army and supra-constitutional articles were included in the agreement.

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