Fazal, Imran support Afghan govt-Taliban talks
DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Jamiat Ulema-iIslam chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has welcomed recent talks between Taliban and the Afghan government and termed the process crucial to peace, stability and economic progress, Pakistani media reported on Thursday.
Talking to the reporters, the JUI-F chief said his party had long insisted that war offered no solution to a dispute. “But instead of acknowledging the ground realities, the US bombed Afghanistan, killed tens of thousands of people, harmed the peace and economy in the region."
Rehman, who is also the National Assembly’s Kashmir Affairs Committee chairman, said the US did not succeed in its designs and was at last forced to accept the reality that war offered no solution.
.The JUI-F chief said he had said in the past the US wanted regional hegemony by invading Afghanistan. He opposed Pakistan’s involvement in the war but past rulers joined the conflict and created problems for the country.
“If the US could not achieve its objectives through war even after employing all resources and modern technology, how can our rulers win the war in tribal areas,?” the JUI-F chief asked.
He said Pakistan should promote trade with the neighboring countries. “The Pakistani businessmen would draw more benefits from trade with Asian countries than Europe,” he reasoned.
Separately, Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI), said in a press conference that “Pakistan and Afghanistan should start dialogue with Taliban fighters since the US has already been in talks with them.”
Khan also pointed to the expected danger to Pakistan and Afghanistan from Daesh, also known as Islamic State. He planned to visit Kabul last month but postponed the trip for certain reasons.
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