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Maulana Samiul Haq death’s impact on Afghan peace process

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Maulana Sami ul-Haq, chairman of Defense of Pakistan Council (DPC), a coalition of around 40 religious and political parties, gives a news conference in Islamabad on November 4, 2013. The DPC announced it would hold countrywide protests on November 8, against the US drone strike that killed Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud on October 31. AFP PHOTO / SAJJAD QAYYUM

The assassination of Maulana Sami ul Haq, leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan, will probably put negative impact on morale of the Taliban group. For the past 17 years, Maulana Sami ulHaq had considered Afghanistan as an occupied country and called the war in the country as Jihad. He played key role in collecting aids and funds from Islamic countries to the Taliban group.
During the 1980s, Sami ulHaq served as a senator for two terms in Pakistan’s upper house and fully supported action against Afghanistan’s governments.  Darul Uloom Haqqania in the northern town of Akora Khattak was founded by his father in 1947. Sami ulHaq was killed on Friday evening at his home in Pakistan’s Rawalpindi city by unknown men.
A number of Afghan experts and analysts believe that Sami ulHaq was an influenced supporter of the Afghan Taliban group and was openly supporting the group, while Pakistan’s policy is not to openly support Taliban and other terrorist groups.
“The assassination of Sami ul Haq may weaken and cut down the religious support of the Taliban group in Pakistan as he had widespread influence among religious parties in the country. There is one possibility that Pakistan, facing with increased pressures of the US administration, decides to make the Taliban group get ready for peace talks, but Sami ulHaq was an obstacle and against the peace talks; therefore, he was killed,” said JailaniZwak, an Afghan correspondent and political expert. He added that Maulana Sami ul Haq had never taken position against Pakistan militaries and ISI, but instead he repeatedly issued the Fatwa of Jihad against the government of Afghanistan and coalition forces to the country.
Opportunity for peace: Maulana Sami ul Haq was killed amid increased efforts being made by US for maintaining peace and stability in Afghanistan. Week ago, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, former deputy and one of founders of the Taliban group, was released from Pakistan prison. Now it is time that Pakistan should review its policy regarding Afghanistan and the assassination of Sami ul Haq can be a lesson to them so that they review their policy and seek their interests through legal channel.
It is reported that last month a delegation from Afghanistan government held a meeting with Maulana Sami ulHaq, known as the ‘Father of the Taliban’, at DarulUloomHaqqania and urged him to play a role in resolving the Afghan issue by bringing the Taliban back to the dialogue table. Maulana agreed to play a part but accused the United States and other international powers of not letting peace happen in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan Ulama Council has not declared its position regarding the assassination of Maulana Sami ul Haq and members of the council have avoided talking in this regard. But, Kabul Ulama Council hopes that death of Sami ul Haq may help Afghanistan peace process.
“The assassination of Maulana Sami ul Haq may positively affect the Afghan peace process. The role he had among Pakistan militaries and the Taliban group was key and nobody else could get such position,” said Mawlavi Abdul Basir Haqqani, a member of Kabul Ulama Council. In recent years, Afghanistan High Peace Council and former President Hamid Karzai have repeatedly asked Maulana Sami ulHaq to help the country’s peace process. According to Kabul Ulama Council, Maulana’s position was the position of ISI of Pakistan and had never helped Afghanistan reach peace and stability. Afghanistan government has not officially reacted in connection with death of Maulana Sami ulHaq so far. It is worth mentioning that the assassination of Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan leader Maulana Sami ul Haq may negatively affect peace process in Afghanistan where efforts are underway for ending the ongoing war in war-torn country.

Lailuma Noori

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