JI appeals Taliban to announce stopping unlawful activities

Lahore: The central Shoora of the Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, has appealed to the Taliban in the name of humanity not only to extend the ceasefire but also make a categorical announcement that they would not take any unlawful step till the conclusion of talks.

The JI central consultative body which met at Mansoora with the new JI Ameer, Sirajul Haq, in the chair, also urged the government to release the non-militants and take other necessary measures that could make the talks result-oriented, and also avoid such steps which could hinder the progress in talks. It also expressed the hope that the Taliban would also free the people in their custody.

The resolution said that the prevailing tension in the entire region, especially Pakistan and the confrontation between institutions at the time of US and NATO forces withdrawal from Afghanistan was a deep conspiracy and part of the some international agenda.

Expressing grave concern over the political situation in the country and the threats to national solidarity and integrity, the Shoora said it was nothing short of a tragedy that within one year of the coming into power of an elected government, there was grave situation of uncertainty and clash of institutions.

The resolution termed the law and order situation in the country alarming and said the nation was passing through a situation of anxiety and concern because of the killings of thousands of innocent citizens in different forms of terrorism. It said the wrong policies of the rulers during the last twelve years and their blind following of foreign agenda had created a situation of uncertainty and fear, and the idea of the rule of law remained a dream.

The JI Shoora appreciated Prime Minister Nawaz sharif’s strategy to continue dialogue with the Taliban despite heavy pressure from within the country and abroad in line with the mandate given by the APC. However, it said the nation felt the progress in the talks was negligible, which was bound to create problems and as a result, the situation would be ripe for the advancement of the foreign agencies agenda.

The Shoora criticized the Protection of Pakistan Bill and said it negated the basic rights ensured by Islam and the constitution. It said that controlling terrorism was an important national duty and a common desire. However, it said giving unlimited powers to the law enforcement institutions and agencies was a highly dangerous move.

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