Progress in dialogue not possible in tense atmosphere: Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Friday said dialogue process with Taliban could not move ahead in an intensive atmosphere and contradictory statements.

He was talking to media persons at NADRA Headquarters here after the signing of a memorandum of understanding between NADRA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for setting up of Citizen Facilitation Centers.

The Minister said he would present a report to Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on his return from London that in view of the present situation and in an atmosphere of strain, the dialogue process could not be taken forward.

“At the start, there were people who were opposed to the dialogue process and we listened to them and tolerated them as it is part of democracy,” he said adding now even those who were supporters of dialogue were showing contradiction in their stance.

The Minister said dialogue process was a sensitive and complex issue but every day contradictory statements were being made about it.

Those who were supposed to assist in the dialogue process were making one statement in indoor meeting and saying something else at the public meetings, he noted.

The Minister said two months ago after the announcement of ceasefire for the first time, there had been decrease in violence.

There was a time when five to six bomb explosions were taking place every day but now many days pass without an explosion which had saved lives, he observed.

Chaudhry Nisar said dialogue process was the only way to handle these matters and there had been positive progress which led to reduction in violence.

Because of the whole process, contacts have been established with Taliban and the government came to know about their thinking, views and demands.

Nobody initiated dialogue in the last 12 years, he noted.

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

“There is no hurdle from the government or the army in the dialogue process. The government is serious in this matter and there is no delay from its side.”

He said there was no deadlock in talks at any stage.

He said it had been said by certain quarters on the issue of release of prisoners that the army was not supporting it.

He explained that the prisoners who were released earlier were in the control of army, which decided who were non-combatants and should be released.

To a question about civil-military relations, he said the situation is normal at present as it was in the past.

The Minister said National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) earned a profit of Rs. 1.3 billion in three months and it had been put in the right direction through many changes in the last eight months.

More than 350 ghost employees were identified, he said adding now transparent online tests would be held for posting of NADRA employees abroad.

In the past such postings were made in violation of rules and on the basis of nepotism, he added.

The Minister said the new Chairman NADRA would be appointed by a committee according to the relevant ordinance.