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Pakistani cleric believes Afghans can solve own problems

PESHAWAR—A high level delegation from Afghanistan comprising former Jihadi commanders, religious figures and tribal chieftains called on leaders of two religious-politico parties of Jamaat Islami and Jamiat Ul Ulema Islam.

According to credible sources, the delegates held a detailed meeting with Maulana Sami Ul Haq, chief of Jamiat Ul Ulema Islam at Akora Khattak Nowshehra on Sunday whereas they held a meeting on breakfast with Jamaat Islami Chief Siraj Ul Haq at Islamabad on Monday morning. After holding the meetings, the delegates flew back to Kabul from Islamabad.

Though details of meeting couldn’t be ascertained, it was focused on current situation of Afghanistan. The delegates requested Siraj Ul Haq to help in return of peace and implementation of Afghanistan government’s National Reconciliation policies.

According to sources, the delegates remained for over two hours with Maulana Sami Ul Haq and exchanged views with him on ongoing situation of Afghanistan and requested him to help in the reconciliation process. Afghan diplomats serving in Pakistan also attended the meeting.

In connection with reconciliation process between Afghan government and Tehrik Taliban Afghanistan, the delegates recommended Maulana Sami Ul Haq become arbitrator (mediator) and assured him of accepting each and every of his decisions. The delegates appreciated Maulana Sami Ul Haq and his family’s popularity and credibility in Afghanistan.

Responding to various proposals and suggestions, Maulana Sami Ul Haq said, “Afghan issue is very complicated, and several international forces including the U.S. are reluctant to resolve it.” He however said, “I am interested in ultimate conclusion of Afghan Jihad, which is Afghanistan’s independence with an Islamic system of government. He said that he also wanted an end to internal violence and hostilities in Afghanistan.

According to sources, he also suggested a meeting of Afghan Ulema with Taliban leaders without involvement of the United States and Pakistan, whereas the two sides would understand each other’s point of views as well as could build up trust in each other. He also said that the problem could easily be resolved whenever the Afghans irrespective of their past and present tussles and hostilities assemble in one forum whereas they could easily build up a consensus regarding future of their motherland. All of them need to keep in mind sacrifices rendered by millions of Afghans for the sovereignty, solidarity and Islamic identity of their motherland.

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