WEB DESK – The leader of Jamat-e-Islami (JI) and appointed negotiator of outlawed militant group, Professor Ibrahim, had stated that there were complications in maintaining the ceasefire with government but in any case it would continue.
Prof Ibrahim was speaking to media representatives in Peshawar when he categorically mentioned that now only government’s will could take the negotiation process in next phase.
While saying so, he urged the government not to delay its response in next phase of dialogue process. “Government has the key to next phase of negotiations with Taliban, we are waiting for the response which should not be delayed anymore,” Prof Ibrahim added.
Taliban have initially demanded release of 300 to 400 prisoners, including noncombatants, and a list of them has also been handed over to government’s negotiation team.
The chief negotiator of outlawed Taliban militant group and leader of Jamiyat Ulema-eIslam-Sami (JUI-S), Maulana Samiul Haq, had earlier advised federal government to go ahead and release Taliban men from prison and then ask something in return.
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 March 31, PakistanTribe reported that The chief of his own Ulema Council, Maulana Tahir Asharfi said that federal government should form a judicial commission to probe into the matter of outlawed Taliban’s non-combatant prisoners as militants themselves want the same.
The face of GeoTV network ‘Hamid Mir’ had also made a controversial claim while accepting his contacts with the outlawed militant organization.
Mir said that Ismatullah Shaheen was in contact with me before getting murdered in an attack. “Ismatullah Shaheen was preparing the list of non-combatant prisoners, mainly children and women. He shared the information with me upon which I asked that how would be ever prove that these women and children are in the custody of Pakistan security forces? Replying to my question, he (Ismatullah) said that in real these people are in custody of some private people who are keeping them in private jails of Sawat.”