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Soften stance on dialogue with Kabul, Taliban asked

Soften stance on dialogue with Kabul, Taliban asked

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Jan 22, 2019 - 09:03

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A rightwing Pakistani politician has asked the Talibaninfo-icon to soften their stance on talks with the Afghan government.

The call was issued by Jamiat Ulemainfo-icon-i-Islam (JUI-S) leader Maulana Hamidul Haq, son of Maulana Samiul Haq who was widely respected by the Taliban.

Samiul Haq was assassinated last year at his residence in a high-security neighbourhood of Islamabad. Following the cleric’s death, his son was made the party’s acting chief. 

Speaking at an event in Bannu district on Monday, Haq urged the militant group to tone down their stance on the participation of the Afghan government in the ongoing peace talks.

Negotiations were the only way to end the 17-year-old conflict in Afghanistaninfo-icon, explained the former senator, who also hit out the Pakistaninfo-icon government’s failure to arrest the killers of his father.

On Monday, the Taliban announced resuming talks with US special envoy for reconciliation in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad in Doha, Qatar’s capital.

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