Fazlur Rahman declares terrorist activities in Pakistan as anti-Islamic
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The politician essentially referred to the Taliban.
Talking in a TV interview in Islamabad, he explained, “armed anti-state activities in Pakistan are contrary to religious teachings.”
Condemning the terrorist attacks, Fazlur Rahman stressed that the Taliban had been also involved in attacks against his person.
It is important to mention that the banned Pakistani Taliban group has been involved in a number of terrorist activities, including the massacres of innocent people and military personnel in bombings across the country over the past seven years.
Rustam Shah Mohmand, a member of the government’s negotiating committee warned that some rivals of the Taliban were looking to sabotage the peace talks.
Talking to reporters, he said “the Taliban have dissociated themselves from recent bomb attacks and indicated that they were ready for a ceasefire.”
He added the dialogue would only be held with the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) within the ambit of the constitution, stressing there would be no surrendering.
Mohmand insisted the talks’ process should continue despite difficulties.
Talking to a TV channel, Maulana Samiul Haq, chief of the TTP’s negotiating team, said all groups of the Taliban had supported the dialogue, but that some elements now sought to derail the efforts for peace through their terrorist activities.
He added proposals for a ceasefire had been given by both sides.
Prof Muhammad Ibrahim, another TTP negotiator, declared that a direct meeting between the government committee and leaders of the Taliban could be arranged.