Tuesday, 14 January, 2020

Role of Sami ul Haq in Afghanistan’s Peace Talks

Sami ul Haq, a Pakistani religious leader, has had a key role in training many Afghan and Pakistani Taliban leaders. Haqqani religious school in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is one of the major schools in training Taliban.

Recent events in the region and in the Middle East, from one hand, and incompetence of Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, on the other hand, paved the way for a situation in which influence of Taliban on Afghanistan will be developed.

Army of Pakistan and ISI, who are trying to have impacts on Afghanistan, interacted with Unites States to get established in Afghanistan once again.

But Sami ul Haq, who has invariably had anti-American position and blocked fuel convoys moved from Pakistan to Afghanistan, was intentionally or unintentionally pushed towards a deal whose designer is Pakistan Army, ISI, and United States. Therefore, one of key pivots in the current and future developments of Afghanistan will be the role of Sami ul Haq due to his impact over Taliban.

Sami ul Haq has had close relationships with ISI since years of yore but the most important factor in cementing this relationship is the role of retired Lieutenant-General Hamid Gul. Yet, Pakistan is willing to achieve its objectives in Afghanistan with the help of Sami ul Haq and boosts its impacts on Afghanistan, playing a vital role in Pakistan existence.

Afghan Government sent its ambassador in Pakistan, Janan Mossa Zai, to visit Sami ul Haq by whom peace talks can be developed and guided. During this visit, Sami ul Haq, from a top position, asked for fulfillment of Taliban’s conditions in Afghanistan and Afghan ambassador left this 2-hour-meeting unanswered. It is noteworthy that this was the first meeting of Afghan ambassador with Sami ul Haq after 9/11 in 2001.

However, Sami ul-Haq, from the beginning, involved in developments in Afghanistan but after the announcement of Mohammed Omar’s death, he swore allegiance to Mohammed Omar in order to enhance the position of Taliban in Afghanistan.

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