Altaf terms opening of Taliban office a dangerous option

KARACHI: Commenting on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan’s opinion for opening of office of Taliban, Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain has said that it could be a dangerous option since there are various subgroups within the banned outfit.

In a statement Saturday, the MQM Chief without disclosing the name said,  “There are some politicians in the country who maintain that the issue can be resolved by holding dialogue and some even suggest that the militants should be allowed to open an office for this purpose, thereby recognising them as a legitimate stakeholder”.

He said that the role of stake holder is a constructive and positive one that lead to nation building. How can somebody who is trying to weaken the roots of the country can be called as stake holder. These ‘destructive’ tactics only display the group as anti-state element or non state actor.

In the recent all parties conference, the militants were already given a chance for peace which they had blown away by continuing the attacks and wowed to carry on with it, said the MQM chief.

“These recent acts of terrorism have provoked a huge wave of anger in the country and some quarters are demanding that the dialogue offer with the Taliban should be withdrawn forthwith adding that some pro-Taliban parties argued that the recent attacks were carried out by some fringe groups and not the Taliban, which they said had nearly 25 groups and some of them were still not in favour of talks”.

Altaf Hussain said that the Taliban are not a unified group further perplexes a nation which was ready for peace talk with them. He also questioned the ability of Taliban to control other militant groups. He asked which group of Taliban must be dialogued, the original ones or the powerful subgroups or both?

“We all recognise the importance of holding dialogue for resolving issues, but I would like to put a question to leaders, scholars and academicians: dialogue but with whom”?