A day after national leadership chalked out an action plan to root out terrorism from the country, members of a “Political jirga” Thursday asked militants to lay down arms and adopt the path of talks. The jirga, comprising Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) chief, PPP leader Rehman Malik and National Party (NP) leader Hazil Bizenjo, and leaders of others political parties, visited the Army Public School here where at least 150 innocent people, most of them children, lost their lives in a militant attack on December 16.
The components of the Jirga said that they were still ready to hold negotiations with militants only if they lay down their arms. The JI chief told media persons that the march against terrorists had begun with the announcement of a unanimous action plan. He said the nation would witness a beginning of good era. “2015 would be a year of peace,” Haq remarked. He stated that the setting up of military courts was a decision of the government. He added that despite their reservations, there was no other option but the formation of military courts.
Former Interior Minister and Pakistan People’s Party leader, Rehman Malik, said that “Zaliman” (Taliban) could never justify why they killed so many innocent children. Expressing solidarity with the victims of the Peshawar attack, the PPP leader said the martyrs of the carnage deserved Nishan-e-Haider-the highest military award. “The government will try terrorists through a tribunal headed by an army official,” PPP leader said. PPP leader Rehman Malik said the jirga was ready to talk to those militants who were willing to lay down their arms. NP leader Hazil Bizenjo said it was now time to fight off all types of terrorists.
SOURCE: RECORDER REPORT