Jan 29, 2014, 3:49 PM
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Pakistan PM offers peace talks to Taliban

Islamabad, Jan 29, IRNA -- Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Wednesday offered peace talks to the Taliban militants and constituted four-member committee for talks with them.

Addressing the parliament‚ Nawaz Sharif said the committee will comprise his adviser, Irfan Siddiqui‚ known journalist, Rahimullah Yusufzai‚ former ambassador, Rustam Shah Mehmand and a former intelligence officer, Major (retired) Amir.

He said that Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan will coordinate the working of the committee.

The Prime Minister said that the government has adopted the path of talks with the Taliban to give peace another chance in the lager interest of the country

“Peace is our destiny and will achieve as the whole nation is united for this purpose.”

Nawaz Sharif said despite bitter experience of the past‚ “We give another chance to the peace talks. Terrorism and peace can't go together.”

He urged Taliban to stop incidents of terrorism and avail opportunity for peace. He warned that his government will not tolerate terrorist attacks any more,

"Dialogue and terrorism can not go side by side," Nawaz Sharif said in the National Assembly, Lower House of the parliament.

"Peace is not our priority, it is our destination," he went on to say.

"We offered dialogue to militants but unfortunately other side did not respond positively," the PM said.

He said Islam condemns the killing of innocent people, adding terrorism claimed the lives of thousands of people for many years.