Govt wants next round of talks with Taliban to be result-oriented: Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Friday said the government wanted to make next round of talks with Taliban meaningful and result-oriented.

Addressing a news conference, he said any progress towards next round of direct talks, was expected to be made in few days.

The Minister said government’s broad agenda was focused on peace in the country.

He said he wanted that the next meeting of the Taliban-government committees should be decisive and both sides should put their agendas on the table.

The Minister said the government was not responsible for the delay, as it had been decided during the last two rounds that Taliban would convey the date and venue of the next round.

Chaudhary Nisar said a new system of security would be introduced in the Fedearl Capital from next week.

Under the new arrangement, police and Rangers would ensure round-the-clock patrolling to check street crimes and other incidents.

He said the dialogue process was the only option to bring peace in the country.

The Interior Minister regretted that issue of national identity card for MQM leader Altaf Hussain was being unnecessarily agitated. Contrary to the normal procedure, NADRA officials were summoned to the residence of Altaf Hussain in London, he said and added the registration form has not so far been submitted with NADRA.

He wondered how identity card could be issued without the uploading of the data on NADRA system.

The Minister said the Government has no objection in this regard and it wanted to facilitate the process.

About targeted operation in Karachi, he said the action would enter into a meaningful and effective phase in days ahead.

Replying to a question, he said there were five Pakistani nationals in Guantanamo Bay and the government was trying to bring them back.