Islamabad - Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Chief, Maulana Fazlur Rahman, on Wednesday demanded that international community and the US should pursue internal reconciliation to bring political stability in Afghanistan.

“Internal reconciliation is much important to bring political stability in Afghanistan so that after the withdrawal of US in 2014, Afghanistan does not go back into civil war,” said Fazl while talking to newspersons after meeting with the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Afghanistan, Jan Kubis.

Earlier, the UN delegation comprised Vadim Nazarov, Chief political officer UNAMA, Colombe de Nicolay, Special Assistant to the SRSG, Raana Rahim, Head of Office UNAMA Pakistan, met Fazl. The delegation apprised him of the UN efforts leading up to establishment of Doha Office of Afghan Taliban.

To a question, Fazl said that he believed long-lasting solution to the Afghan problem might not be possible without an internal reconciliation in Afghanistan.

About Doha initiative of engaging Afghan Taliban into peace talks, he said that this process should continue in future, adding however the process lacks depth.

He was of the view that Pakistan should be given an active role in the resolution of Afghan problem, as it is an important player. “Afghan problem is a regional problem and our country is important player in its solution,” he said, adding that he had conveyed to UN envoy that JUI-F has always been against the use of force. “JUI-F supports the Doha process as it engages Taliban into talks and aims to end conflict,” said Fazl. To a question, Fazl said that the JUI-F organised a national conference (All Parties Conference) for the purpose of peace talks. He said the Taliban offered peace talks but this offer was ignored which had negative impact for Pakistan.

To another question, he said they would never support any kind of martial law.

Jan Kubis said that Pakistan was not being bypassed in the process. He also assured JUI-F that UN would continue its engagement with Pakistan and other regional countries for peace and stability in Afghanistan, said Rehman’s spokesperson Jan Achakzai.