An eight-member delegation of representatives of the Deobandi school of thought from Pakistan (who belong to Wafaq al-Madaris al-Arabiya Pakistan, a major faction of Deobandi madrasas in Pakistan) is on a visit to Afghanistan. Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani, Maulana Tayyab Tahiri Panj Peeri, the Ameer of Al-Tawheed Wal-Sunnah, Qari Muhammad Hanif Jalandhri, General Secretary Wafaq al-Madaris al-Arabiya Pakistan, Sheikh Al-Hadith of Darul Uloom Akora Khattak, Maulana Anwarul Haq and Mufti Ghulamur Rehman are also included. According to reports, this visit was supposed to take place a month ago, but the Pakistani scholars demanded that the Afghan Taliban invite them for this visit, and secondly, influential figures could be included in the delegation, so the visit was delayed.
Sirajuddin Haqqani is playing an important role in negotiations and contacts with Tehreek-e-Taliban. Pakistan Army started the talks with Tehreek-e-Taliban. Then a jirga of tribal scholars, elders, and political leaders was formed. At this time, the influential personalities of the Pakistani Religious seminaries are engaged in negotiations with the Tehreek-e-Taliban in Afghanistan.
Details of the delegation’s meetings with the Afghan Taliban leaders are being released on behalf of the Afghan government and the media. They are also being covered, but there is no discussion about the purpose for which this delegation has gone. When we tried to get information about this from an important figure of the Afghan Taliban, he said that these meetings are not public at all so that the value of negotiations is maintained.
The delegation is meeting with important figures of the Afghan Taliban in Afghanistan, but the main goal of this delegation is to make Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan recognize the validity of the Pakistani constitution and its Islamic status. , withdrawal of troops from tribal areas, objections to the Constitution of Pakistan and termination of FATA integration were included. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan says that even during the British era, the tribal areas had independent status, and people in this area were committed to religion and Islam. The founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, also recognized the independent status of the tribal areas and promised that he would never dispute this status. This was plainly rejected.
Allegedly, in a big hotel in Kabul, these scholars have had important meetings with the officials of Tehreek Taliban Pakistan, but the delegation of Pakistani scholars could not satisfy the three basic demands of the Taliban. The Taliban say that the integration of FATA should be terminated. Certain clauses of the constitution should be deleted and their substitutions should be added to them and the Taliban should be allowed to come with weapons. According to the sources, two rounds of talks have been held, but the talks have not been successful yet.
Earlier, in the first week of June, a Jirga returned unsuccessfully after two days of continuous negotiations with the leaders of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan in Afghanistan. The discussion committee met with the leadership committee including all the important leaders of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, including Amir Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud, and Maulvi Faqir Muhammad. A 53-member negotiating committee has been formed from South Waziristan under the chairmanship of Maulana Saleh Shah, a former member of the Senate and leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, including former governor Engineer Shaukatullah, federal minister Sajid Tori, Akhunzada Chitan, barrister Saif, and members of the Senate, National and provincial assemblies, former members of parliament and the most important elders of all the tribal districts were included. On behalf of the Afghan Taliban, Sirajuddin Haqqani was playing the role of mediator between the parties.
The state of Pakistan has often been employing the services of scholars in Pakistan in such situations, but the chances of success have been far less. At the time of the Lal Masjid operation in 2007, almost the same scholars held several rounds of negotiations with Maulana Abdul Aziz and Maulana Abdul Rashid Ghazi, the Khatib of the Lal Masjid, on behalf of the government of Pakistan, but they could not convince the Ghazi brothers. It should be remembered that Maulana Abdul Aziz, the Khatib of Lal Masjid, was also a direct disciple of Mufti Taqi Usmani of Darul Uloom Karachi. During the negotiations, Mufti Taqi Usmani once used a harsh tone, but he could not convince Maulana Abdul Aziz and the delegation of scholars returned to the Holiday Inn Hotel Islamabad disappointed.