LAHORE - Jamaat-i- Islami chief Syed Munawar Hasan has said that any attempt to sabotage the talks, whether from the Taliban or the government side could not be justified.

Talking to the media after visiting poet Afzaal Siddiqui at a local hospital, he said that military action could not be a substitute for dialogue. If the government committee had a complaint, it could have discussed the same at the meeting scheduled on Monday, he added.

Besides, he said, the government had several investigation agencies, and if it tried to reach to the bottom of the matter before accusing anyone, the situation could be saved from getting worse.

He stressed that both the sides should review their attitude and expressed the hope that the talks would resume soon as the nation wanted these to succeed. 

Munawar said those advocating military action should first try to make the ongoing military action in Karachi a success.  He said that those asking for military action could not see the peace talks to be successful.

To a question, the JI chief stressed upon the Foreign Ministry to take serious notice of Iran’s threat of direct action. He said the Foreign Ministry was failing in the discharge of its duties.

Iran is our neighbour and brother Islamic State, and threats of military action simply meant another failure of our Foreign Ministry, he added.

He asked the government and Armed Forces to come out with their reply to MQM chief Altaf Husain’s allegation that his men were being abducted and killed.

Going further, he said that if the MQM leader had any complaints against the Army and the Rangers, he should return to Pakistan and deal with these directly.