Karzai to release all Pakistani prisoners, says Maulana Fazlur Rehman
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam – Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said Monday that Afghan president Hamid Karzai has assured him of the release of all Pakistani prisoners languishing in Afghan jails.
The JUI-F chief said this at a press conference here after returning from his visit to Kabul, the Afghan capital, to meet the Afghan president and member of the High Peace Council of Afghanistan.
The visit of the five-member delegation from JUI-F aimed at increasing understandings between the people of the two nations. Led by Maulana Fazlur Rehman, it also comprised of Jan Achakzai, Maulana Gul Naseeb Khan, Maulana Abdul Wasey and Mufti Ibrar.
Fazlur Rehman met with members of the Afghan High Peace Council in Kabul, where both sides discussed the role of the JUI-F leader and other religious leaders with regards to the situation in Afghanistan.
The delegation also met with President Hamid Karzai at the Presidential Palace in a meeting also attended by senior Afghan government officials, members of the peace council, ministers and lawmakers.
A statement issued by the presidential palace said both leaders had called for cooperation against terrorism.
The JUI-F chief has long supported the Afghan Taliban and their fight against foreign troops in Afghanistan. However, it was widely reported that the Taliban had not taken well to news of Fazl's meeting with Karzai and his government officials
According to a statement reported in the media, the Afghan Taliban said the meeting would have no affect on their stance against Karzai’s government. A report said they viewed the visit as "a deliberate ploy to weaken the Taliban."
Fazlur Rehman, however, declared that the meeting had been a success, adding that it had managed to accomplish more with respect to peace in three days than the past eight years.
Speaking about the Taliban’s statement with respect to the visit, he insisted that the Afghan Taliban bore JUI-F no grievance.
He further stated that JUI-F was in complete accord with the Taliban view to remove foreign troops from the area, adding that war was never the solution.
The JUI-F leader however, excused himself from revealing further details of his meeting with the Afghan president.