Haq advises govt to release Taliban’s men before asking favor

SAMIUL HAQ

Rawalpindi – The chief negotiator of outlawed Taliban militant group and leader of Jamiyat Ulema-eIslam-Sami (JUI-S), Maulana Samiul Haq, had advised federal government to go ahead and release Taliban men from prison and then ask something in return.

Sami made the statement while addressing at a local religious seminary (madrassa) in Rawalpindi.

The hardliner put all his weight for outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) who appointed him the chief negotiator for peace dialogues with the government through a committee appointed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)’s federal government.

Sami also said that Taliban were ready to release to some important persons from their custody but on conditions.

PakistanTribe reported on March 27 that Taliban had refused to release Shahbaz Taseer s/o late Governor of Punjab Salman Taseer and Ali Musa Gilani s/o former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani. However, the conditional release of professor Ajmal Khan, vice chancellor of a university, was acceptable to militant group. The condition was to release their two men currently in custody of Sindh government.

On May 9 in 2013, armed assailants had kidnapped Ali Haider Gilani, son of the former premier. The incident had taken place at a Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) corner meeting in Farrukhabad, near Matital Road in Multan.

Shahbaz Taseer, eldest son of the late Governor Punjab, was abducted from the Gulberg area of Lahore on August 26, 2011. Capital City Police Officer Lahore had said that his car was intercepted by a black SUV and motorbike around 600 yards from the office and up to three men had dragged Taseer out of the car and taken him away.

On September 7, 2010, vice-chancellor of the ICU Ajmal Khan was kidnapped from Peshawar while he was on his way to his office. Ajmal Khan is one of the senior most academicians of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province and had been the principal of the historic Islamia College, provost and registrar of the University of Peshawar and VC of Gomal University Dera Ismail Khan.

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