PESHAWAR: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said Thursday the government was in contact with some militant groups, as talks with the main Taliban faction remained stalled.
A day after pledging to press ahead with deadly air strikes on Taliban targets in the country’s restive tribal regions, Interior Minister said dialogue was still a priority as the government tries to end its seven-year insurgency that has killed thousands.
“We will talk to those groups who are not against Pakistan,” he told journalists in Peshawar, the main city of the northwest.
“We are in contact with groups that have never attacked Pakistan’s interests, we have dialogue for them.”
He gave no details of which groups he meant.
The minister said every act of violence would in future be met with an attack on the militants’ bases, which lie mainly in the North Waziristan tribal district on the Afghan border.
Commenting on the status of the dialogue between the government and Taliban representatives, Khan said Wednesday that while talks have been put on hold they could “resume anytime soon and both negotiations and targeted strikes will go hand in hand”.