PESHAWAR/AKORA KHATTAK - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa JI amir and Taliban’s talks committee member, Prof Ibrahim Khan, has that it seems the government and the army had already decided to carry out an operation, adding it will compel thousands of tribal families to migrate besides increasing terrorism.

“We want to continue talks for peace and are trying to bring both the parties to negotiations for amicably resolving the issues, but the government is demonstrating apathetic response,” Prof Ibrahim Khan said in a statement after talking to a group of media persons here at Al-Markaz Islami on Saturday. “We are neither Taliban nor their part, but they nominated us because of a ban on them for negotiations with the government committee,” he added.

The JI amir said the interior minister didn't order the military to launch action, but the armed forces already had the powers to do so, adding, after the airstrikes, the interior minister’s press conference was a joke to the nation. “It was a fact that neither the incumbent government has authority nor does its nominated committee have the powers to meet someone for negotiations,” he maintained.

Criticising the recent jets’ bombardment in Hangu, Ibrahim said: “Why did our air force and the army not come into action when the US jet fighters bombed Pakistani security forces’ check posts in Salala?” Regarding the future of the negotiating committees, he said Almighty Allah better knows, but those who constituted the committees had the right to announce their dissolution. He, however, added the committees were still intact.

He confirmed the recent contact with Taliban leader Azam Tariq and said he was prepared for dialogue in the light of the teachings of the holy Quran and Sunnah. “We are still ready for result-oriented talks for the sake of peace, but it seems the government is not interested in dialogue,” Prof Ibrahim said. He asserted the Hungu airstrikes were regrettable as the common people were also affected by the shelling and innocent children and women reportedly killed, which was against the law of the land.

The JI amir further said: “The US administration hesitated to target Taliban in a drone attack to save the life of its single citizen, but our forces are carrying out extrajudicial killings of its helpless citizens. On the other hand, the US administration was busy killing innocent Pakistani people. Our government and security agencies have failed to protect their citizens whereas the government and the army chief at this critical juncture are mentioning the killing of 23 security personnel who had been missing for the last four years.”

"We still believe in dialogue to restore peace, but the ‘immature’ response of the government committee on the basis of one incident depicts non-seriousness on part of the government. A military action is no solution to the problem, but will cause killing of hundreds of innocent people and migration of thousands. Even then dialogue will be the only way to resolve the issue,” he said and added they were still optimistic that the nation would soon hear good news.

Meanwhile, making a fervent appeal to the government and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) for a ceasefire, leader of Taliban’s dialogue committee, Maulana Samiul Haq, has said everyone should work to save the country from destruction and violence. “I appeal to the govt and Taliban in the names of Allah and the holy Prophet (PBUH) to announce a ceasefire,” he said.

Addressing a prize-distribution ceremony at Aiwan-e-Shariat, Darul Uloom Haqqania, on Saturday, Samiul Haq said the constitution of Pakistan was not the issue of conflict, but the main problem was Pakistan’s standing shoulder-to-shoulder with anti-Islam forces. Sami said he asked the government to stop bombing the unarmed civilians, warning that such acts would not resolve the issue, but cause more destruction.

Maulana Samiul Haq said the enemies of Islam were not worried about generals, leaders and so-called elected institutions because they were standing with anti-Islam forces as religious institutions and their curricula were a threat to the West. He asserted the religious institutions were not spreading terrorism, but they were disseminating the Islamic education of peace and tolerance.

He was of the opinion that if the government gives up following the policies of major powers and starts dialogues with militants, all the acts of terrorism would come to an end.

He said solution to the problem lies in leaving the war on terror, adding the Parliament's resolutions were clear guidance in this connection.