LAHORE - Pakistan should dissociate itself from the 'war for liberation the Taliban have been fighting in Afghanistan against the United States and other occupying forces and leave it to the warring parties to fight it to the finish, a prominent pro-Taliban leader said here on Monday. Maulana Samiul Haq, head of his faction of the JUI, said in a Question-Answer session at Aiwan-i-Waqt that if the United States could not defeat the Taliban, it would have to quit the war-ravaged country, like it had to quit Vietnam after facing a humiliating defeat there. Once Pakistan stopped 'doing more under the US pressure and left it to the two warring sides to fight it out, Maulana Samiul Haq believed the decade-long fight would come to an end within no time. We should not be taking part in a war that is not ours, he said in an obvious reference to the governments repeated assertions that the ongoing war on terror was Pakistans, not of any foreign country. Maulana Samiul Haqs seminary in Akora Khattak produced many Taliban and the JUI-S chief is revered by them. In response to a question, he said Saudi Arabia wanted to find some negotiated settlement of the Afghan war, but the US was the major obstacle. He said the US wanted to win the war with the support of President Hamid Karzai, but made it clear that it would not succeed in its designs. He challenged the veracity of claims that suicide bombings carried out in various parts of the country were masterminded by what was called Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan. All these reports were concocted and no Taliban spokesman ever claimed responsibility for any such incident, he emphasised. He made it clear that Taliban existed only in Afghanistan and those operating in Pakistan had come into existence only in reaction to what was happening in the neighbouring state. Had Pakistan not supported the US, there would have been no reaction (by the local Taliban). He said the US invasion of Afghanistan was responsible for a number of problems Pakistan was facing today. About his recent visit to Saudi Arabia, he said he had gone there on the invitation of the Saudi authorities, but it had nothing to do with mediation between the Taliban and the Kabul regime. He alleged that Interior Minister Rehman Malik was not serious in the settlement of the Afghan issue and was giving a wrong impression about his sincerity. In response to a question, he said Fata should be made part of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. If Gilgit-Baltistan could be given the status of a province, there was no harm in making Fata part of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, he argued. In his opinion such a step was necessary to give the Fata people their rights and step up development process there. He made it clear that the people of Pakistan would not allow the government to amend the blasphemy law. He said the government should remove Punjab Governor Salman Taseer for branding the blasphemy law as a black enactment. Similarly, he said, former information minister Sherry Rehman should be taken to task for moving a bill for changing the law. Defending the existing blasphemy law, the JUI leader said it was protecting the minorities against any 'mass justice. In case the government failed to satisfy the people on the issue of blasphemy law, a movement would be launched against it, he said. Maulana Syed Yousaf Shah, Maulana Hamidul Haq Haqqani, Maulana Shah Abdul Aziz, Maulana Mufti Usman Yar Khan, Maulana Asim Makhdoom and Maulana Fasihuddin Fasih were also present on the occasion. Meanwhile, a meeting of the central working committee of the JUI-S will be held at Jamia Qasimul Uloom here on Tuesday (today).