LAHORE - The clerics belonging to the Sunni sect religious-political parties unanimously urged the government to hold talks with the Taliban willing to accept the Constitution of Pakistan. Otherwise, they said, there is no need to bow before the rebels.
The clerics demanded the government to ensure law and order in the country by enforcing the Constitution with letter and spirit and taking all the stakeholders into confidence. They said Pakistan is a sovereign state and the government should maintain all its preferences rather than accepting conditions of the anti-state elements.
They expressed these views at a ‘National Peace Conference’ held at Jamia Naemia, paying tributes to late Dr Sarfraz Naeemi on Thursday. They said the government must go ahead if the Taliban agree to accept the Constitution, but if not so, there is no need for holding negotiations with the TTP.
“Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat strongly condemns the attack on a church in Peshawar and is fully committed to support the government to steer the country out of crises, but suggests the rulers to introduce ‘Nizam-e-Mustafa’ to settle down all issues, the country and this nation has been facing for the last many years,” the Ulema said.
in a declaration unanimously passed at the end of the conference.
Meanwhile, the security guards arrested a suspect at the gate of Jamia Naemia when the conference was continued and handed him over to local police.