ISLAMABAD - Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazalur Rahman has said as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meets President Obama, there is a dire need for a renewed push to Afghan reconciliation.
He said that the US should acknowledge the efforts of Pakistan in pushing Afghan reconciliation process in the past. He said that the US should not confine itself to ensuring peaceful presidential elections in Afghanistan but instead meaningfully renegade the Afghan Taliban.
In a statement, he said that the JUI is the first political party to call for internal Afghan reconciliation as such all stakeholders in Afghanistan should work for this goal.
He said that when politics surrounding Afghanistan has pivoted towards reconciliation instead of “war on terror”, all stakeholders have to work towards this goal as peace dividend will be reaped by the whole region.
He also urged Nawaz Sharif to send a clear message to the US that Pakistan will bear negative consequences if inter Afghan reconciliation is not pulled off in the run up to 2014 withdrawal of NATO forces.
He also clarified that President Karzai has assured him to look into the cases of Pakistani prisoners. “Since we did not have much information, we could not furnish much details. But we will work together with both Pakistan and Afghan governments to pursue this matter amicably,” he added.
He said he did not ask for release of 2,500 alleged prisoners, as reported in a section of media as we have list of the prisoners.