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Imran not to represent Taliban’s committee: PTI Core Committee

Imran not to represent Taliban’s committee: PTI Core Committee

imranISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Monday rejected Taliban’s decision to name Imran Khan in their negotiation committee.

PTI chairman Imran Khan chaired party’s core committee meeting in Islamabad on Monday.

The meeting was attended by Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Javed Hashmi, Sardar Jehangir Tarin, Dr Shireen Mazari, Asad Umar, Arif Alvi, Jahangir Tarin, Fauzir Qasuri, Ijaz Chaudhry and other senior leaders of the party.

PTI members welcomed the move and assured full support to the government and Taliban to make the dialogue process successful.

“The PTI Core Committee has decided that Taliban should select their own representatives for talks,” PTI Secretary General Jehangir Tarin told reporters.

He said that the core committee discussed in details about Imran Khan’s direct involvement in the dialogue committee. He pointed out that Rustam Shah Mohmand was already PTI’s representative in government’s committee.

While talking to media Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the dialogue process with Taliban should be conducted while remaining under the constitution of Pakistan and also should be conduced in transparent manner. He said that the government committee enjoys full confidence of the PTI. He said Imran has a political worth and how he could become the representative of Taliban.

Meanwhile Dr Shireen Mazari said the KPK government would provide all necessary facilities for the dialogue process, adding that Imran Khan would not be the part of the proposed committee of Taliban.

Imran Khan hoped that peace talks would begin soon and two sides would declare a ceasefire.

Meanwhile the PTI statement says: “PTI has always been an advocate of dialogue for peace so that the prosperity and progress of the nation can be assured. PTI reaffirms its support for the four-member committee in which PTI has its representative in Rustum Shah Mohmand. PTI also welcomes the formation of the 10-member TTP committee for dialogue.

While PTI appreciates the trust reposed in its Chairman, the Core Committee concluded the Chairman cannot be a part of the 5- member TTP-named arbitration committee. PTI has however, asked the KPK government to facilitate the dialogue process in any way it can.

PTI reiterates it will support all developments towards peace through dialogue within the parameters of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. In this connection we have given FIVE clear guiding principles for dialogue.

One: It must be within the parameters of the Constitution.

Two: To create a positive environment, there must be a ceasefire from both sides, especially an end to terror attacks during duration of the talks.

Three: the talks must be open and transparent so we know how they are progressing; what are the impediments; and who are the saboteurs. We must be prepared for sabotage by enemies of Pakistan.

Four: The Prime Minister should demand of the US government an end to drone attacks so that the talks are not droned as happened last time.

Five: Once talks commence, we need time lines so that results can be achieved. Time is the essence as powerful vested interests and anti Pakistan elements will be looking to sabotage the process.

After a decade of destruction suffered by the people of Pakistan, the nation must ensure that peace is re-established and bloodshed of our civilians, security personnel and armed forces ends.

PTI again asks all parties to thwart the designs of Pakistan’s enemies and help further peace through dialogue. The dialogue needs to be started immediately so that peace can come to the people of Pakistan without any further loss of lives.”

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