Birmingham: Minister Information Pakhtunkhwa Mian Iftikhar Hussain has called on the main stakeholders to end their opportunistic definitions of “good and bad Taliban” and form a unified approach to deal with the problem of terrorism.
He was speaking to ANP workers gathering organised by Awami National Party UK to celebrate the life and philosophy of Bacha Khan and Khan Abdul Wali Khan here in Birmingham, second largest city after London and home to the biggest Pakistani Pushtun population in Britain.
Famed for showing composure and bravery after terrorists killed his only son in a bomb attack in 2010 for his stance against Taliban-inspired violence, Iftikhar Hussain said that the battle against militants would go on unless the fanatics are rooted out from every corner of the country.
But he questioned the approach of the three main stakeholders in Afghanistan – Pakistan, Afghanistan and the US – and said that the three countries were on the same page in the “war on terrorism” and that initiative such as the one pursued by the US of holding dialogue with Taliban in Qatar was bound to fail.
“These three countries should end their differences and announce a new agenda of first holding dialogue, demanding of the Taliban to renounce terrorism and accept the writ of the state, failing which there should be an effective, united military action to flush them out.
There should be no separate categories of the Taliban. There would be no Taliban left if there was an agreement against Taliban amongst the world community,” he said with reference to the widely divergent and contrasting approach taken by those nearly involved in the so-called “war on terror” theatre in Afghanistan. “I am prepared to forgive Taliban for the killing of my only son if they give up violence,” said the former Pushtun Students Federation leader.
ANP Secretary Foreign Affairs MPA Dr. Haider Ali Khan and ANP Organiser in UK Mehfouz Jan also spoke on the occasion.
Murtaza Ali Shah