ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Sunday termed the announcement of negotiating team from Taliban as a positive development.
However, he said, there were still some issues which are needed to be explained after which the dialogue may start formally.
In a statement issued here, he said “it is a matter of great satisfaction that both sides have announced their negotiating teams after many yearsand this reflects that both sides want to make peace through negotiations and dialogue”.
He said the committee, announced by the government, has been given full mandate and authority to hold dialogue.
However, it is still needs to be explained what is the mandate and powers of the committee, formed by the other side and how far they would follow the decisions of their committee.
Nisar said the government would decide its way forward and announce after having consultation with Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif, on his return on Monday.
He expressed his thanks to the renowned Ulema who have raised their voices for peace in the region and assured to take forward the matters under their guidance.
He acknowledged the role of Ulema for evolving consensus between both sides for peace in the region, ending the bloodshed going on for years.
He appealed to religious scholars from all school of thoughts to get united and guide the government at the very critical stage of the country.
Nisar said this is a very complex process and the political leadership as well religious leaders have to play their role to make the peace process successful.