Nisar hopeful of progress in talks with Taliban

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan here on Thursday expressed optimism about progress in talks with Taliban and said a meeting would be held soon to review the dialogue process.

Speaking at the launching ceremony of a think tank “Center for Policy Research and Dialogue”, he said Pakistan will become peaceful because of the efforts made by the government.

The Minister said former rulers imposed a war on Pakistan for 12 years to serve foreign interests.

This war continued for over a decade and nobody held talks to resolve the conflict, he added.

The Minister said Pakistan Muslim League (N) government started talks and just in few months headway was made in it.

Now those people, who did not take any step to initiate talks, are raising objections and resorting to criticism, he added.

He said facts should not be distorted, adding there were no acts of terrorism from 2001 to 2004 in the tribal areas.

No Pakistani or tribesman was involved in the incident of 9/11 but rulers of the time got it stuck in their throat, he said adding millions of people in FATA were displaced from their homes in the previous years.

The Minister said Islam is not a religion of violence but it is all about peace and forgiveness and Allah dislikes chaos.

Chaudhry Nisar said the government has taken its position on the issue of name of Pervez Musharraf on the Exit Control List (ECL).

Talking about the ethical standards of society, the Minister said people have stopped making difference between right and wrong and truth and falsehood.

He said the rulers should adopt the strictest standards of accountability as it was necessary for stopping degeneration in society.

The Minister appreciated Adnan Kakakhel, the head of the think tank, for his courageous stand during the rule of the last military dictator.

Justice (R) Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani and other speakers stressed on the importance of dialogue for ending violent conflict in society.

Source: APP