February 20, 2024

Pakistani spiritual occasion’s chief to go to Kabul right now for talks on militancy, reconciliation

ISLAMABAD: Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, the chief of a distinguished Pakistani spiritual occasion, mentioned he’s scheduled to reach in Kabul right now, Sunday, to carry talks with the Afghan management about militancy and the opportunity of “reconciliation” between the 2 international locations. 

Ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan have remained strained for the reason that Taliban seized energy in Kabul in August 2021. A surge in suicide blasts and militant assaults in Pakistan’s western provinces bordering Afghanistan have annoyed Islamabad, which has requested Kabul to rein within the Pakistani Taliban it says are utilizing Afghan soil to launch assaults on Pakistan. The Taliban reject Pakistan’s accusations. 

Relations between each international locations soured additional in November when Pakistan deported hundreds of Afghan migrants, saying it was taking motion in opposition to “unlawful immigrants” within the nation, and blamed Afghan nationals for the surge in suicide assaults in Pakistan. Afghanistan condemned the transfer and requested Pakistan to not deport Afghan refugees. 

Rehman’s political occasion, the Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam (JUI) is thought for its staunch advocacy of Islamic legal guidelines and values. Whereas not recognized for securing important numbers of nationwide and provincial seats in elections, it has wielded appreciable affect in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces. Rehman enjoys shut ties with the Taliban management in Afghanistan. 

“It has been confirmed that Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, chief of Pakistan’s Jamiat Ulama-e- Islam occasion, together with a delegation will arrive in Kabul right now,” Afghan spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid wrote on social media platform X. 



Final month, a high Afghan inside ministry official disclosed that his authorities arrested about 40 Pakistani Taliban, also referred to as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants, over the previous 12 months. The TTP has carried out a number of the deadliest assaults in Pakistan in opposition to each civilians and safety forces over the previous decade-and-a-half, in search of to impose its model of strict Islamic legislation.

“There’s a chance that this (TTP) difficulty will are available for dialogue,” Rehman informed reporters on Saturday night. “We are going to use our relationships for the well-being of each international locations. And I’ve plans to satisfy him (Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, the supreme chief of the Taliban).” 

Rehman mentioned he had wished to go to Kabul due to the success achieved by the Taliban of their battle in opposition to the US-led coalition forces after 20 years. He mentioned it was binding on him to go to the nation and congratulate the Taliban on their victory.

“I’m going within the capability of the pinnacle of the JUI however we’ve got to maintain each international locations’ pursuits and reconciliation in thoughts,” he mentioned. “Maintaining in view these all, we’ve got taken our rulers and our international workplace in confidence [about the visit],” he added.

He mentioned Pakistan’s international workplace had briefed him about Pakistan’s stance and calls for concerning Afghanistan this week. 

“Now we have relations with them (Afghan Taliban) and we’ve got to take advantage of these ties for the well-being of each international locations,” Rehman mentioned. “We are going to put our authorities’s stance earlier than them (Afghan Taliban).”

The Pakistani political chief mentioned he wished the go to to be “result-oriented,” including that its consequence would rely upon each international locations’ intentions to pursue peace. 

In regards to the Taliban’s restrictions on women’ training within the nation, Rehman mentioned each state tackled its affairs when it got here to safety, commerce, economic system, tradition, and social reforms.

“Allow them to (Afghan Taliban) create an atmosphere. Little question, the Taliban have had a central function for years in Afghanistan and so they higher know methods to go together with the world,” he mentioned.

He questioned the double requirements of the worldwide neighborhood for demanding rights for the ladies in Afghanistan when over 22,000 folks, principally girls and kids, have been killed by Israeli bombardment in Gaza since October 7, and the world had remained silent about it. 

“Now as they (Afghan Taliban) are establishing a system in Afghanistan, allow them to run their affairs and so they find out about all these points,” Rehman mentioned.