A Pakistani political leader has said they feel proud to support the Afghan Taliban group, emphasizing that the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Sami (JUI-S) still support the group.
Maulana Yousaf Shah, the party’s chief for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said leaders had always raised their voice against the western powers, according to the media reports.
This comes as the Afghan officials have long been criticizing Pakistan for harboring and supporting the Taliban group who are staging deadly attacks in Afghanistan.
The remarks by Shah come as Pakistan’s foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz earlier said Pakistan has influence on Taliban group.
The rare admission by Aziz followed amid ongoing efforts to revive the Afghan peace talks.
According to Aziz, the Taliban group are using certain facilities in Pakistan which according to him could be used as a leverage to encourage the group to participate in talks.
However, the Taliban group has rejected to join peace talks as the Afghan security officials believe the group will pursue violence during the summer with the full support of Pakistani intelligence – Inter Services Intelligence. -KP
THE PASHTUN TIMES