KARACHI - MQM chief Altaf Hussain has said that he is ready to negotiate with the Taliban for the survival, security, peace and stability of the country, adding that national interests are above everything.

“The forces inimical to Pakistan wanted to set us against each other hence I appeal to all Taliban leaders, youths, and students to see through the conspiracies of the enemies of Pakistan and take recourse to dialogues instead of resorting to violence. I ask them to hold consultations with the tribal elders, dignitaries and other God-fearing persons,” he said while talking to Fata Grand Alliance head Malik Khan Marjan on telephone.

He added, “Islam is the religion of peace and security. It teaches peace, security, love and harmony instead of violence and coercion. Islam enjoins upon us to acquire knowledge. There is a hadith of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) that acquiring knowledge is mandatory on every man and woman. Hence destroying school buildings is not right by any standard.” The MQM founder observed that his party wanted to bring a system in the country that ushers stability, adding that the army should be in the barracks instead of being present in the tribal areas. The local police, forces, and public of the tribal areas should be responsible for peace and security in their areas and they should be autonomous in conducting their affairs.

He said that the people of Fata had rendered immense sacrifices for Pakistan and added that MQM value their sacrifices and understand that the people of Fata must get their rights. It is raising its voice forcefully for the Qabailistan province along with the Hazara and the Seraiki provinces, he said, making a pledge that no one can stop the creation of the Qabailistan province. Hussain said that he had told the MQM parliamentarians that the people of the tribal areas are our brothers. They would raise a voice for the rights of the people of the tribal areas in the National Assembly, Senate and other forums, he added. He also said that tribal people living in different parts of the world were calling MQM International Secretariat. They have welcomed the demand for the creation of Qabailistan province.

He said that the bond of friendship developed between the MQM, and Fata would grow stronger with the passage of time.

Agreeing to the views of Hussain, the Alliance head said that his party believed in dialogues, adding that negotiations should be held with the tribal elders instead of using power against youths in the tribal areas as they need better counselling. He maintained that the enemy is using the Muslims and causing damage by setting us against each other. Marjan further said, “Severe injustices have been done to the people of Fata. They are deprived and dispossessed. If the people have had their rights, the present problems would not have been there. Some elements want to use Fata reforms for their own vested interests, but the tribes will assert and maintain their tribal identity,” he pledged.

Later, the thanked Hussain for raising a voice for the Qabailistan province and added that the way the latter had spoken about the Qabailistan along with the creation of Hazara and Seraiki provinces had given strength to their demand. He said that all the deprived and exploited people of the country would carry forward the struggle of rights.

Marjan said that it was not the time to spread hatred. The time called for love and harmony. He said that the oppressed people of the country wanted to strengthen the country and not weaken it. Marjan thanked Mr Hussain for expression solidarity with the people of Fata and for raising voice for the Qabailistan province on behalf of all the tribes living in Fata.