Jan 2, 2014, 1:21 PM
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Talks with Taliban: Strategy to be unveiled soon

Islamabad, Jan 2, IRNA - To revive proposed talks with Taliban, the Pakistani government is likely to make ‘important announcements’ by the end of this month, following meetings between heads of two religious political parties with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, local media reported on Thursday.

In an overture to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the interior minister met Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman in Islamabad. This was an urgent call by the government to finalise the proposed talks with TTP as recommended by all political parties in the All Parties Conference last year.

“The government is pursuing the option of dialogue sincerely and wants to establish peace in restive areas through talks, but it is also incumbent upon the other side to react positively,” Nisar was quoted as saying by a senior interior ministry official.

The official, who did not wish to be named, told media that the minister is likely to announce the government’s new strategy on the matter in the next session of parliament.

“The government will also announce the national security policy accordingly,” he added.

Earlier Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (S) Chief Maulana Samiul Haq had met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who requested the religious leader to use his influence to pursue talks with the TTP.

Meanwhile Maulana Sami-ul-Haq has started making contacts to bolster dialogue process with Taliban and also suggested some recommendations to government regarding his cooperation for dialogue process.

Sources said that Maulana had also demanded guarantee from PM Sharif that any kind of operation to sabotage peace process to be avoided.