Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) Chief Fazlur Rahman on Tuesday called upon the leadership of Pakistan and United States of America (USA) to jointly start fresh efforts to start a dialogue process in war-torn Afghanistan for bringing peace and normalcy.
“As Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meets President Obama, there is a dire need for a renewed push for Afghan reconciliation,” a statement quoted Fazl, who recently visited Afghanistan after a lapse of around 35 years. Fazl had last visited Afghanistan in 1979.
In a statement issued by JUI-F spokesperson Jan Achakzai, Fazl urged PM Nawaz Sharif to send a clear message to the US that Pakistan will bear negative consequences if inter-Afghan reconciliation is not pulled off in the run up to 2014 withdrawal of NATO forces from the region.
Referring to the contribution of Pakistan for Afghan reconciliation process, the JUI-F chief said that the US should acknowledge the efforts of Pakistan in pushing Afghan reconciliation process in the past.
Clarifying a news item on Pakistani prisoners in Afghanistan he said that President Karzai has assured him to look into the cases of Pakistani prisoners.
“Since we did not have much information, we could not furnish much details. But we will work together with both Pakistan and Afghan governments to pursue this matter amicably.”