Afghanistan Seeks Maulana Samiul Haq’s Help in Dialogue with Afghan Taliban

Islamabad: Afghanistan’s ambassador in Pakistan, Janan Mosazai, along with a high level delegation met with Maulana Samiul Haq Amir Jamiat-e-Ulema-i-Islam (s) on Saturday at Darul Uloom Haqqania, Akora Khatak a famous seminary where late Mullaha Muhmmad Omar got his religious education. It is said that it was the first ever direct  communication between the  Maulana Samiul Haq and a high ranking Afghan diplomat since 9/11. It has been learnt that Afghan foreign minister also talked to the Maulana Samiul Haq  on phone during the meeting.

In a six-hour marathon  meeting Afghanistan first time formally  has sought the help of Maulana Samiul Haq to urge the Taliban to resume the Pakistan-brokered peace talks, which had been halted after the announced death of Taliban chief Mullah Muhmmad Omar. The meeting took place  only a  days after when thousands of Darul Uloom Haqqania seminary students and afghan Ulema declared allegiance to the new Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansoor in the presence of Doctor Sher Ali Shah and Maulana Samiul Haq.

Pakistan had hosted a meeting between the Afghan government and Afghan Taliban representatives in Murree on July 7, 2015, which was also attended by representatives from China and the United States. Sources say the Afghan ambassador conveyed President Ashraf Ghani’s message to Sami, requesting him to play his role in resumption of the suspended talks with Afghan Taliban.

Janan Mosazai wrote  on his official Twitter, “Met with Maulana Sami-ul-Haq at his Jamia Haqqania in Akora Khattak 2day. Told him about Afghanistan’s all-out sincere peace efforts.”

Saying Afghanistan has entered at a critical juncture after the death of Mullah Omar, Maulana Sami urged Afghan, Pakistani rulers and the Taliban to “demonstrate seriousness.”

“We are satisfied with the assurances of Maulana Samiul Haq regarding his role in resuming the dialogue process between the Afghan government and Afghan Taliban,” the Peshawar-based Afghan diplomat said.

“Maulana Samiul Haq agreed to help bringing a negotiated solution to the Afghan conflict,” said a spokesperson of Darul Uloom Haqqania. “He has shown concern over splits among the ranks of Afghan Taliban.”

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