Pakistani parties asks gov’t to withdraw support to US-led war

Islamabad, Oct 5, IRNA – Political and religious parties have urged the government to withdraw support to the U.S.-led war as it has brought bloodshed and destruction to the country.

Leaders at a conference in the northwestern city of Peshawar adopted a resolution, recommending that the central government withdraw its support for the so-called American war on terror.

Jamaat-e-Islami has convened the All Parties Conference which also urged the federal government to announce a dialogue team to start negotiations with Taliban without any further delay.

The resolution asked the central government to try and bring all armed groups on the table for talks.

Special arrangements should be made for the security of the violence-hit Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and the tribal regions,” it said.

It asked the centre to announce special funds for infrastructure rehabilitation in these areas, and demanded the establishment of a foundation for the rehabilitation of terrorism affected people. The participants called for effective steps for the security of the religious places for minorities.

The conference called upon the government to implement the previously passed resolutions which called for initiating dialogue process with Taliban.

Jamaat leader Professor Muhammad Ibrahim told the media that security forces and Taliban are the real stakeholders in the dialogue issue.

Leader of the Pashtoon nationalist Awami National Party, Mian Iftikhar said there should be an effective dialogue with militants and the incumbent government should take action on this as it has no other option.”

Chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam JUI-F’s Jalil Jan said that dialogue process should start without placing any conditions. “Taliban are asked to act as per the constitution, but there are many others in the country who fail to do so.”

JUI-S Maulana Yusuf Shah said, “If America can, then why cannot we carry out dialogue with the Taliban.”