ISLAMABAD - With the gap of only two weeks after ANP’s APC, the religio-political party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) is going to convene another All Parties Conference (APC) today (Thursday) to evolve a joint strategy for peace in the country.

Almost all political parties except Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) have accepted the invitation to participate in JUI-F’s moot, which will deliberate a mechanism for talks with Taliban.

The expected participation of ‘Tribal Jirga’ is significant with this effect that it could help creating road-map for ‘peace dialogue’ in future. As, TTP a day after the ANP’s APC declared that ANP has failed to come up with a roadmap for peace dialogue’ and that the moot was an ‘election’ move. However, nearly 24 political and religious parties had recommended that talks with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) should be the ‘first priority’ in any strategy to restore peace in the country.

About today’s conference, JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said more than 30 political parties’ leaders including tribal elders would participate in the conference. Fazal said that Pak Army should be taken on board about the steps on restoration of peace as it is fighting the war on terror. “We have invited all the parties to participate in the APC and now its up to them,” he said responding a question.

When contacted, the JUI-F Secretary General Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidri said that his party has invited all the parties including PTI to attend this moot.  “JUI-F had decided to convene the APC on terrorism with the purpose of formulating a comprehensive and solid strategy to do away with the scourge of terrorism in the counter,” he added. To a question, Haideri said they all related will come under discussion Taliban’s offer of talks and whether or not to accept it could aldo be deliberated.

Denying the reports about JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s participation in any talks with Taliban in Qatar, Haidri said that it was merely propaganda, as he had gone Qatar on the invitation of the JUI-F chapter.

When contacted, PTI’ leader Shafqat Mehmood said they were not going to attend APC as ‘this is just political gimmick’.

When contacted, PML-N central leader Mushahid Ullah said these kind of steps should have been taken earlier. “Different kind of matters will be deliberated in the APC and PML-N will also give its suggestion in it,” he added. he told lies to this effect for which he was also reprimanded by the party leadership.

It is relevant to mention here on Tuesday, February 26, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has reiterated its offer to the government for peace talks, and at the same time authorised its spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan to meet Mian Nawaz Sharif, Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Munawwar Hasssan.

In the first week of February, the TTP had offered an olive branch, but government was reportedly skeptic about the offer, given the past record of the TTP.