JUI-F’s Fazlur Rehman arrives in Kabul to discuss regional and security issues

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JUI-F's Fazlur Rehman arrives in Kabul to discuss regional and security issues

Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman arrived in Kabul on Sunday to hold talks on regional and security issues with Afghan leaders.

The Afghan interim government had extended an invitation to the JUI-F chief last month to visit the country. The trip will be Rehman’s first visit to Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover in 2021.

The JUI-F said Fazl had arrived in Kabul along with a delegation. He also said Fazl met Afghan Deputy Prime Minister Maulvi Abdul Kabir. Acting Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, Maulvi Abdul Latif Mansoor and others were also present on the occasion, he said. Tolo News also shared a video of Muttaqi saying that he hoped Fazl’s visit would have “a good impact on relations between the two countries.” .

Earlier in the day, the JUI-F media cell said that a high-level delegation of party leaders, including Maulana Abdul Wasi, Maulana Salahuddin, Maulana Jamaluddin, Maulana Salimuddin Shamzai, Aslam Ghauri and others, would accompany Fazl in your trip.

During the visit, Fazl will meet with Afghan Taliban leaders and discuss the regional and security situation, the JUI-F statement added.

The visit comes at a time when relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan have been strained due to a rise in terrorist attacks, mostly claimed by the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban.

Islamabad has stated that the TTP and other groups use Afghan soil against Pakistan. While the Afghan Taliban have denied the allegation, authorities remain unconvinced and have demanded action against the TTP, its sanctuaries and the surrender of its leaders.

In November, interim Prime Minister Anwarul Haq Kakar said there was a 60 percent increase in terrorism and a 500 percent increase in suicide bombings since the Afghan Taliban came to power in August 2021.

Meanwhile, a report released earlier this week by the Islamabad-based Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies think tank said more than 82 percent of terrorism-related deaths in 2023 were the result of attacks carried out by three main groups, including the TTP and its subsidiaries.

Speaking to reporters last night at his residence, Fazl said that discussion on the TTP issue was on the agenda during his visit to Afghanistan.

“I have received an invitation with the approval of the Taliban supreme leader and I will meet him,” the JUI-F chief said, adding that he would travel to Kandahar to meet Taliban supreme leader Sheikh Haibatullah Akhundzada, who rarely meets. with foreign delegates. .

When asked if he would take up the TTP issue with the Afghan side, he said: “Yes, there is a possibility. We will use our relationship for goodwill.”

Fazl also said that he would use the level of contacts he has with Taliban leaders to the benefit of both countries. “I will inform the Taliban leadership about the Pakistani government’s stance and whatever I have noticed during my meetings with the officials,” the JUI-F leader added.

Afghan envoy calls on JUI-F chief Fazl with ‘special message’

ISLAMABAD: Sardar Ahmad Jan Shakib, Afghanistan’s acting ambassador to Pakistan, called JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman here on Saturday to discuss “the need for peace” in the region currently plagued by terrorism.

Shakib arrived at the residence of the JUI-F chief and delivered a “special message” from the Afghan interim government to Maulana Fazl. JUI-F spokesperson Aslam Ghauri said the meeting between the diplomat and the party chief focused on Pakistan-Afghanistan ties and the law and order situation in the region. It may be recalled that relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan have been strained in recent times due to the rise in terrorist attacks in Pakistan, for which the government blames the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Pakistan has demanded quick action against the militants hiding in Afghanistan, as well as their extradition.

Inside sources say that the meeting discussed Kabul’s efforts to stop terrorists operating on its territory.

Inside sources told Dawn that the letter delivered by the Afghan envoy on behalf of his government was related to his efforts to curb terrorist networks operating in his territory.

Afghan authorities also highlighted “their efforts to contain terrorist groups” using the country as a launching pad.

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JUI-F

According to sources, the Maulana asked the Taliban government to control the movement of terrorists, specifically referring to the recent attack in Dera Ismail Khan area, which is also the hometown and constituency of the JUI-F chief.

The statement issued by the JUI-F said that former legislator Maulana Salahuddin Ayubi was also present on the occasion, and both sides called for better relations between the two countries as it would ensure peace in the region.

JUI-F chief calls for joint Pak-Afghan commission

PESHAWAR: Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has proposed a commission with members from Pakistan and Afghanistan to resolve issues between the neighboring countries.

“Pakistan and Afghanistan can move towards solving their problems by forming a joint commission. Our party is ready to play its role in this regard,” the JUI-F chief said in his address to the party’s provincial council on Sunday.

A statement issued by the media wing of JUI-F said the party chief also raised questions on the prevailing law and order situation following an attack on a JUI-F convention in Bajaur and a recent attack on the party leader Hafiz Hamdullah in Balochistan.

He alleged that former Prime Minister Imran Khan had pushed the country into an economic crisis under a global agenda. He also claimed that the increase in prices of petroleum products was being done as per agreements signed by former Prime Minister Imran Khan with the International Monetary Fund.

He insisted that Imran was “selected” to wipe out Islamic culture and that he attempted to lead the country towards secularism. He added that attempts were made to recognize Israel and remove the article from the Constitution regarding the purpose of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

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