Nawaz direct govt dialogue committee to continue peace talks in best interest of nation and country

Nawaz direct govt dialogue committee to continue peace talks in best interest of nation and country

nwazzISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has directed the government dialogue committee to continue peace talks in the best interest of the nation and country. Prime minister said that the committee should continue consultations and should continue providing guidance to the government. Meanwhile the members of the committee informed the prime minister that if the tense situation would remain continues then they would be unable to continue work.

The meeting of the government dialogue committee was held in Islamabad on Tuesday. The meeting was attended by coordinator of the committee Irfan Siddiqui, major (retd) Muhammad Amir, Rahimullah Yousufzai and Rustam Shah Mohmand. The committee reviewed the overall progress in the dialogue process.

Sources said the government’s side in Tuesday’s meeting discussed three conditions/demands to be presented before banned Tahrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). These conditions are:

1. The militants should immediately announce and initiate ceasefire and end all terror activities.

2. The TTP must own or disown other allied groups targeting forces and civilians, so that the government can single them out for action against them.

3. The militants must release all high-profile captives, including son for former PM Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, son of slain Punjab Governor Salman Taseer and Peshawar Islamia College’s Principal Prof. Ajmal, in order to pave the way for successful peace talks.

The committee further said that the talks were progressing satisfactorily until the Taliban-claimed blast was carried out in Karachi on Feb 13. The blast had targeted a police bus near Razzaqabad.

The committee had also sought an explanation from the outlawed militant organisation but before one could be given the Mohmand incident took place. The committee said that the Taliban should immediately announce stopping all violent activities unconditionally and ensure implementation on the announcement. Without doing this the dialogue process could not be proceeded. The committee said it has reached on the conclusion that the halting of violent incidents immediately was necessary for the success of the talks. The committee said that the whole nation wants peace, adding that the committee could not play with the nerves of the nation for indefinite period.

Later on the government committee held meeting with the Prime Minister and briefed him about the dialogue process. According to the press release issued after the meeting it is said that the committee informed the prime minister that during the 17-days long dialogue process several terrorism incidents were carried out and many people lost their lives in these incidents.

The Prime Minister has affirmed that the dialogue process would go on if the Taliban accepted government’s demands, sources said.

The committee said the talks could not progress without any solid steps and also asked the Taliban to unconditionally cease all violent activities without any delay.

The meeting was also attended by Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Federal Information Minister Pervez Rasheed.

According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister House, the government committee briefed Nawaz Sharif and told him that during the 17-day process of talks several acts of violence took place killing a number of people.

The committee further said that the talks were progressing satisfactorily until the Taliban-claimed blast was carried out in Karachi on Feb 13. The blast had targeted a police bus near Razzaqabad.

The committee had also sought an explanation from the outlawed militant organisation but before one could be given the Mohmand incident took place.

The government dialogue committee has urged outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan to immediately stop all its violent activities.

Following these developments, the committee members had unanimously decided that holding the scheduled talks with the Taliban committee was a meaningless effort.

The committee members also said that they had been patient but the reaction from other side was discouraging with the continuance of violent activities.

The situation has completely changed after the Mohmand incident and the committee is unable to continue peace talks until the Taliban cease all violent activities, the members added.

Premier Sharif appreciated the performance of the committee and instructed the members to continue consultations among themselves.

Meanwhile a member of the government committee Rustam Shah Mohmand has said that the dialogue process with Taliban has been affected due to the Mohmand incident.

In an interview‚ he said the dialogue could only be revived if the outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban takes some immediate concrete initiatives.

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