Pak influential religious leader death not to impact Afghan peace process: Pak analyst

Islamabad, Nov 6, IRNA - Senior Pakistani analyst said that murder of senior religious scholar and former Senator Maulana Samiul Haq will not affect Afghan peace process.

In an interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Rahimullah Yusufzai said there are many different opinions regarding who could be involved in Maulana Samiul Haq’s assassination, but he was killed in a brutal way.

Maulana Samiul Haq was stabbed to death by unknown persons at his residence in Rawalpindi.

“We don’t have the precise and detailed information about the assassination of Maulana Samiul Haq, but he was facing threats and he had made many enemies as he was very steadfast supporter of Afghan Taliban,” Rahimullah Yusufzai said.

He had been playing the role of a peace maker and was approached by western diplomats and Afghan government many times to bring Taliban to the negotiation table.

“An eighty-year-old man killed in such a brutal manner has upset many people and it is being said that this could be kind of revenge,” said the analyst.

Rahimullah Yusufzai said that one of the major impacts of the murder is that other religious political party leaders will become more alert about their security as in Pakistan a number of religious leaders have been killed in past and Samiul Haq was not the first one.

He said religious political party leaders have now to formulate their policies as to how they are going to operate either they can operate in a peaceful way or they will have to limit their public activities.

The expert added Maulana Samiul Haq party JUI-S will be affected by his murder because he was the only known figure in the party and after his death his party’s influence will become even more limited.

He was more of a religious leader than of a politician although he became member of senate twice but his basic role was the head of Darul Uloom Haqqania where many of Afghan Taliban leaders have been educated.

'I think this observation made by many people that he was ‘Father of Taliban’ and he had large influence on Afghan Taliban was not true actually, it was whole a relationship of teacher and student,' he said.

Rahimullah Yusufzai said Maulana Samiul Haq was making peace efforts, but they were not making any headway, he did not succeed in making peace agreement between Pakistan government and Afghan Taliban and he was not able to succeed in making peace inside Afghanistan.

“I don’t think his death will going to impact Afghan peace process because the US is directly talking to Afghan Taliban and it doesn’t a mediator to play a big role,” the analyst viewed.

He said that if there is a peace agreement then Pakistan would be one of the guarantors, adding that still the peace process is at preliminary stage and that won’t be affected by the murder of Maulana Samiul Haq.

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