PESHAWAR: Member Taliban nominated committee and JI KP Chief Prof. Muhammad Ibrahim Tuesday expressed the optimism that the direct talks between the government and Taliban nominated committees would likely to succeed, saying starting of direct was itself a major breakthrough.
Talking to reporters here at Al-Markaz Al-Islami, he said, talks may reach to a logical conclusion soon or it may linger on for some-time.
The process of exchange of non-combatant, if started from both sides, may help in the success of the talks. The starting of direct talks is itself a major breakthrough, and if God willing and the weather were clear, the government and Taliban committees would leave for the talks on March 26 (Wednesday).
The first-ever direct talks between the Government and the Taliban were today postponed due to inclement weather.
The government committee and the Taliban liaison committee were set to leave in a helicopter this morning for North Waziristan to start the first round of formal talks with the Taliban Shura, but they had to postpone their plans. However he said talks would begin soon.
Member of the Taliban liaison committee, Professor Ibrahim Khan said he was ready to go by road, but it is not advisable for all the members. He added that as soon as the weather turns favorable for flight, the committees will proceed for talks with the Taliban Shura.
Ibrahim said Taliban have not demanded implementation of Shariah, but they have proposed release of their non-combatant prisoners.
He said it will be better for both the sides to release each other’s non-combatant prisoners. He added that the Taliban have assured that they will take steps for convincing other groups involved in terrorist activities to maintain truce.
The government nominated dialogue committee would ask the Taliban to release sons of former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilan, and slain Punjab Governor Salman Taseer and Vice Chancellor Islamia College University Ajmal Khan.
To a question he recalled that Taliban leadership made no comment when we asked them about the release of Prof.Ajmal and remained silent. He opined that Taliban leadership might be waiting for the response from the government side for the release of their non-combatants and after that they may take decision about the release of non-combatants in their custody.
To a question he said, establishment of peace in the region was the major point at this time and not Nifaz e Shariat, adding with maintenance of peace, Shariat will also be implemented.