ISLAMABAD - After getting party's nod to accept Afghan President Hamid Karzai's invitation, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman is ready to cooperate with Kabul for engaging Afghan Taliban into peace talks.
"The Maulana will soon visit Afghanistan on special invitation of Karzai and help him engage Afghan Taliban in peace talks," JUI-F sources shared with The Nation.
It would not be out of place to mention here that the JUI-F core committee expressed satisfaction over the government's efforts to engage Taliban and also backed APC's decision to hold talks with the Taliban. The core committee noted that both the Taliban and the government have acted with caution, which is a welcome move.
The committee after thorough deliberation accepted Afghan President Karzai's invitation for Maulana Fazl to visit Kabul. It is going to be a goodwill gesture visit and based on people-to-people contacts, the committee member viewed.
Hamid Karzai, in upcoming meeting, may request Fazl to use his influence to arrange talks with Taliban to resolve plethora of issues. Karzai, in this regard, has invited Fazl to visit Afghanistan and invitation has already been sent to Pakistan's Foreign Ministry. This invitation has come forth after Pakistan's move to release Mullah Bradar as part of its role to facilitate Afghan reconciliation process.
Earlier Maulana Fazl, in a statement issued on 12th July this year, had appealed to all stakeholders in the Afghan reconciliation process not to let pass the window of opportunity created following the opening of the Afghan Taliban office in Doha. Fazl adopted a stance that the Taliban feel promises had been broken when they did agree to open the office.
The Maulana had said that he understands the sentiments of the Afghan Taliban and they want to be treated with respect as a genuine stakeholder in Afghan reconciliation process. Fazl had also felt that the Taliban had indeed created a big window of opportunity and now it is the job of the US to help facilitate the process by providing meaningful depth to the Doha process.
The Maulana had also held a detailed meeting with the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Afghanistan, Jan Kubis, on 26th June to discuss the issue of political stability in Afghanistan.
About Doha initiative of engaging Afghan Taliban in peace talks, the Maulana had clearly conveyed this process should continue in future, adding however the process lacks depth.