No would be allowed to sabotage talks with Talban: Pervez Rashid

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information Senator Pervez Rashid has said that holding talks with Taliban is a unanimous decision of all the participants all parties conference (APC) and no one will be allowed to sabotage talks with Taliban.

Talking to newsmen at the Parliament House on Tuesday Pervez Rashid said talks would be used as a measure to eliminate terrorism and would be held with all groups.

He said that the army was a part of the government and would implement its policies. “We are still suffering from past differences between the civil and military leadership.”

He said talks with the Taliban would be initiated on the basis of confidence building measures and other groups such as jirga’s will also be included in the process. “Talks are not being held for the PML-N but for national interest” , he noted.

Pervez Rashid expressed his satisfaction over the positive response of the opposition’s political parties with regard to the All Parties Conference. He highly praised the response of the Taliban leadership, welcoming the out come of the conference.

To a question regarding objection of the Afghan government regarding release of the Taliban leaders, he said release means setting free of prisoner and handing over detainees to other country is not mean as release.

To another question, he said no tax has been imposed on the condition of the IMF, adding he said the government is not leving tax on gas consumers.

Replying to query, he said the government would welcome if the PTI chairman Imran Khan offers himself for talks with Taliban.

Responding a question regarding any written or verbal agreement regarding giving permission of drone attack in Pakistan, Rashid said no such agreement passed though eyes.