Afghan government on Saturday asked Pakistani religious scholar Mulana Sami-ul-Haq who enjoyed greater influence among Taliban to help revive the stalled peace talks.
The request was formally made by Janan Musazai, Afghan ambassador to Pakistan, in Islamabad, the capital of the country.
“Maulana sahib assured me of his full support for ongoing peace efforts in Afghanistan,” Musazai tweeted.
“Also told Maulana sahib now is the time he and other senior religious and political figures in Pakistan raise their voices for peace and unity, Mosazai added.
Musazai briefed Haq over the Afghan officials’ eagerness for peace and stability and underlined the importance of peace in the region.
“Also underlined to him the unique opportunity that recent developments have created for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan and the region,” the ambassador said.
A month earlier, Afghan government delegation entered face-to-face talks with Taliban representatives in Murree, a tourist resort close to Islamabad.
But after the death announcement of Mullah Umar, the Taliban supreme leader, peace talks were suspended. Umar’s death was a temporary blow to the peace talks, however, negotiation would be resumed soon, the Pakistani govt said earlier.
Meanwhile, Mia Farooq Farooq, a journalist with Dewah Radio, told Pajhwok Afghan Afghan News that Afghan ambassador held five hours meeting with Mulana Sami-ul-Haq in Akora Khattak, a district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
He also confirmed the main point of discussion during the meeting the revival of postponed talks between Afghan Taliban and government.
“A delegation headed by the Afghan ambassador arrived at Dar-ul-Ulum Haqania and held meeting with Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, Farooq quoted Rashid-ul-Haq, the son of Sami-ul-Haq as saying.”
The ambassador convoyed the message of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani regarding revival of talks. The president urged Sami-ul-Haq to bring Taliban to the negotiations table.