Afghanistan seeks Moulana Sami ul Huq help as Afghan Taliban go outraged in Kabul
ISLAMABAD: Afghan ambassador to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal Sunday sought JUI-S chief Maulana Sami ul Haq’s help for peace in Afghanistan as a series of deadly attacks killed nearly 200 people and injured scores others in recent days.
Ambassador Zakhilwal, who is also special presidential envoy for Pakistan, travelled to Akora Khattak on Sunday to meet Maulana Sami ul Haq, who is often dubbed as ‘Father of the Taliban’ by West, and press him to play his role in persuading the Taliban to join the peace process. “Afghan ambassador told Maulana that the Afghan government is ready for peace negotiations and also to knock any door to achieve the goal of durable peace in Afghanistan,” a statement issued by Darul Uloom Haqqania said.
It is believed that many Afghan Taliban leaders have studied at Darul Uloom Haqqania and that Maulana Sami ul Haq enjoys some influence on them.
It was ambassador Zakhilwal’s third visit to the seminary in recent months. However, Maulana is yet to play any active role in Afghan peace and reconciliation process.
During a previous visit by the Afghan ambassador, President Ashraf Ghani had also spoken to the Maulana and also invited him to visit Kabul.
Series of Taliban attacks on army and police centres in a sudden surge in violence has posed a serious threat to the ongoing diplomatic efforts to find out a peaceful solution to the conflict.
In what is widely considered a naïve approach, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid described surge in attacks as an ‘angry reaction’ to President Donald Trump’s strategy for Afghanistan.