PESHAWAR - Member Taliban Committee Professor Ibrahim Khan has said that time factor in talks between the government and Taliban has got immense importance and hoped for early resumption of straight talks between both sides.  “The government and Taliban will have to expedite the dialogue process aimed at thwarting the attempts of anti-peace elements to sabotage the peace efforts,” he said this while talking to the media here at the Al-Markaz Islami on Wednesday. He said that the entire nation and Taliban want success of the talks and are excited for positive outcome.  Professor Ibrahim said that when Taliban and government negotiators would sit together and hold direct talks then issues relating to the release of prisoners and other matters would come under discussion and both sides would argue their points. “The Constitution of Pakistan is Islamic, as we are not blindly declaring it Islamic rather eminent religious leaders and politicians, including late Mufti Mehmood, Ghulam Ghaus Hazarvi, Maulana Shah Ahmad Noorani, Prof Ghafoor Ahmad, Maulana Abdul Hakim Hazarvi, Dr Nazir Shaheed, Maulana Muhammad Shafi and Sahibzada Safiullah had approved the 1973 constitution,” he said.
Prof Ibrahim also said that though formally the committee members did not hold talks with Taliban on the constitution but informally they tried to convince the members of militants group shura about the Islamic status of the Pakistan’s constitution. However, he said that the Taliban’s perception about constitution would not negatively affect the negotiation process.  “We have asked Taliban leaders that eminent religious scholars, whom are acceptable to both Taliban and the entire nation, could be consulted on the Islamic status of constitution,” he maintained. To Taliban’s claim about detention of over 300 women, children and peaceful tribesmen by the secret agencies and the consequent denial of the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Professor Ibrahim said that he would neither confirm nor refute the claims of both Taliban and ISPR. He said that Taliban wanted to constitute an inquiry commission to visit the respective tribal areas aims to know that how much reality is there in their claim.
Though, he said, these matters wouldn’t become hurdles in negotiation process and both parties would correctly hear each other point of view after sitting face-to-face to hold dialogue.
He said that the negotiation process has entered into a decision-making phase. He wished for the success of the dialoguing process, saying Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and other concerned high-ups are sincere and serious to establish durable peace in the country.