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Talks with Taliban within parameters of constitution: Baligh

Talks with Taliban within parameters of constitution: Baligh

talibnISLAMABAD: The government has reiterated to take forward dialogue process with outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan within the parameters of the constitution.

The resolve was expressed by Minister of State for Interior Engineer Mian Balighur Rehman while winding up debate on a motion regarding political and law and order situation with particular reference to recent terror attacks in the country in Senate on Tuesday. He said no action against the Taliban would be taken prior to the finalization of dialogue process. He said that the appointments and postings in provinces on high posts and police and administration are being done with the approval of the chief ministers. He said that all kinds of illegal acts have been decreased in Balochistan.

He said dialogue should not be construed as weakness of the government. He said the government also has the second option if the first option failed to produce results.

Balighur Rehman said members of the government’s dialogue committee‚ which comprises personalities of good reputation‚ will meet the government functionaries today to present demands of the other party.

Balighur Rehman said all political parties had mandated the government to go for the dialogue but it is surprising that some political leaders are opposing the process contrary to the stance of their respective parties.

He said the drone attack sabotaged the previous dialogue process but when the Taliban again made an offer for dialogue‚ the Prime Minister took the nation into confidence about the dialogue process.

Balighur Rehman said the government has taken steps to enhance coordination amongst intelligence agencies to prevent terrorist attacks and control law and order situation.

On Karachi situation‚ the Minister of State said overall situation has improved in the city since the launch of targeted operation.
He said a judicial committee is investigating into the issue of discovery of mass graves in Balochistan and the government will extend all possible cooperation to the committee.

Earlier‚ speaking on the motion‚ majority of Senators supported the government’s dialogue process with the outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban for bringing peace in the country. They said that some elements do not want an end to violence and we need to foil their designs by standing together.

Leader of the Opposition Aitzaz Ahsan said the dialogue process should be held within the parameters of Constitution.

Others, who spoke on the motion included Nasreen Jalil‚ Sardar Yaqoob Nasir‚ Saeeda Iqbal‚ Ahmad Hassan‚ Kazim Khan‚ Mohsin Leghari‚ Ilyas Bilour‚ Abdul Nabi Bangash and Mushahidullah Khan.
The House will now meet today (Wednesday) at 10:30 am.

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