From Osama Bin Laden to Taliban: Nawaz Sharif in double jeopardy

By Raza Ruman

Islamabad, Feb 3 (pakdestiny.com) Taliban want former premier Nawaz Sharif to become ‘guarantor’ in their conditional peace talks with the PPP-led government.

They bracketed him with Mualana Fazlur Rehman and Munawar Hasan as other guarantors.
Taliban who bracketed Nawaz Sharif with other two maulvis has put him in double jeopardy – if says no then Taliban be annoyed and if yes his pro-Taliban link exposed.

Earlier, Nawaz had five reported meetings with Osama Bin Laden who got killed in the US operation.
Sharif’s younger brother Shahbaz Sharif had also requested Taliban to spare his province, Punjab.
Gen Musharraf had also called Sharif a “Taliban” while President Zardari sees a “maulvi” in Sharif without a beard.

So let’s see how Sharif reacts to Taliban’s offer.
TTP: Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsnaullah Ehsan, in a video interview appearing with Adnan Rashid, the prime convict in the Pervez Musharraf attempted suicide attack case, said that if Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif, chief of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman and Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) Ameer Syed Munawar Hasan acted as guarantors for the peace talks, they would be willing to negotiate in the best interest of the country.
“We have responded positively to the government peace talks offer but it seems to be non serious, however, despite the government’s non-seriousness, we feel there should be a chance given for restoration of peace through talks,” said the TTP spokesman.

“We can’t trust the military, in the past when peace deals were made, the politicians had been sabotaged by the army, so this time the government must act if its serious, but we need guarantees from the military as indirectly they are the rulers,” Ehsanullah replied to a query.

He added, “My organisation and I demand that if the government wants the peace talks to make headway, it has to give us three guarantors, Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz chief Nawaz Sharif, chief of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman and Jamaat-i-Islami Ameer Syed Munawar Hasan. It will restore the TTP’s confidence if these three are nominated as guarantors and we will feel the government is sincere in negotiations,” Ehsanullah remarked. – Pakdestiny

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