ISLAMABAD - The two main religio-political parties have started giving green signals to play their role as guarantors on TTP's talks offer, as Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) is ready to convene the grand jirga that had gone dormant in February following the lackluster response of the Zardari government. JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman has firmly conveyed that offer, if conformed by the Taliban, is likely to pave the way for a right momentum in resolving issues on the table.
"I am ready to convene the grand jirga provided time the PML-N expresses clear willingness to reciprocate," said the JUI-F chief. His spokesperson, Jan Achakzai, quoting the Maulana said that there seems to be no clear roadmap on talks with the Taliban in the proposed document and said that it should have contained a comprehensive strategy and clear roadmap on the talks with the Taliban.
He welcomed the proposed APC of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and hoped any new conference should not sabotage the already arrived national consensus on negotiations with the Taliban.
He said that given JUI-F is invited to the proposed APC on it would make recommendations in the light of the joint resolutions of the Parliament and the decisions of the last APC. He said that jargons and emphasis on administrative measure without political strategy will not be real policy option on combating terrorism.
It would not be out of place to mention here that Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) has also asked TTP to convey them what kind of guarantees they were seeking from them.
Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) on February 3,2013 had conveyed to the Zardari government that his group could go ahead with negotiations only if certain politicians, including PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif, acted as guarantors.
It is relevant to note here that JUI-F, a coalition partner of PML-N, had earlier expressed complete divergence of opinion on the government's anti-terrorism measures, saying that a serious strategy on talks with the Pakistan Taliban is missing in the proposed draft of the policy.
This parliamentary party had also made a blueprint of the mechanism for peace talks with Taliban soon after the PML-N government assumed the charge, with a hope to jointly work on it.
As per the proposed draft carrying five-stage plan, a Qaumi Aman Jirga (national peace council) will meet both the sides - the incoming ruling PML-N and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) - to learn about their conditions and redlines.
The peace building in Fata, as per the draft, envisages using local conflict resolution mechanism called Jirga. The Jirga draws in local political elites (Maliks), religious scholars, and repsentaves of minorities. It says that Jirga would treat Taliban and the government as two parties and would deal with them as a collective body rather than as individual interlocutors.
In the first stage, it will go in and put a stone, declaring ceasefire between the two parties. In second stage, it will meet both sides to inquire about their maximalist and minimalist positions.
The third stage will involve the Jirga meeting both parties for an "Akhtiaar" (authority) to adjudicate.
In the fourth stage, the Jirga will announce its decision and reach a middle ground taking into account the reservations and redlines of both the sides. The final stage is related to supervising compliance of the agreement and enforcement of penalties in case of any violations by either side.