Participants of ‘Qaumi Jirga’, held under Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) on Sunday, against US drone attacks and Nato supply demanded of the government to immediately initiate talks with local Taliban.
The DPC Chairman and Chief of own faction JUI-S, Maulana Samiul Haq, presided over the Quami Jirga Jamaat-e-Islami General Secretary Liaqat Baloch, JI Deputy Central Ameer Sirajul Haq, Jamaatud Dawa Central Ameer Professor Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, General Hamid Gul (Retd), Muslim Conference’s Sardar Mohammad Ateeq, Ansarul Ummat’s Fazlur Rehman Khalil, Ahle-Sunnat Wal Jamaat’s Khadim Hussain and leaders of various religious parties addressed the jirga.
Samiul Haq said that the US had failed to gain desired objectives during a decade-long invasion of Afghanistan, now it was hatching a conspiracy to push Pakistan towards economic and political turmoil by drone attacks before it quit its mission in the region.
He said it was collective responsibility of the nation to put pressure on the government to implement the joint resolution of parliament.
The DPC chairman said it should be given proof of the independent status of the Parliament and added that the secret deals by certain groups with America, should not be imposed over parliament resolutions, because the groups and rulers want to disgrace the national institutions by making secret agreements with the US.
Samiul Haq said the growing US hegemony and in this region, and owning American war by Pakistan, has adversely affected the country in general and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata in particular.
He said that peace could only be restored by quitting alliance with US as external forces wanted to destabilise Pakistan and project it as a failed state.
Liaquat Baloch, Sirajul Haq, General Hamid Gul (Retd), Sardar Mohammad Ateeq, Fazlur Rehman Khalil, Khadim Hussain asked the government to take a firm stance against US drone attacks, and ‘end the ongoing military operation’ in Fata.
Later, the Jirga’ unanimously adopted a resolution, seeking immediate talks with the Pakistani Taliban.