Pakistan decides to hold talks with Taliban
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s political parties on Monday unanimously reached a resolution during the much-awaited All Parties Conference (APC) that negotiation be pursued with militants to ensure peace in the country.
Chairing the APC, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said going for dialogue option with militants was the decision reached at the today’s gathering.
“Give peace a chance” would be the guiding central principle and that dialogue must be initiated to negotiate “peace with our own people in the volatile tribal areas”.
It was decided if the negotiations with the militants could not produce tangible results, “action” would be taken against them.
Expressing satisfaction over the ongoing peace process in Afghanistan, the APC said it was believed that “a peaceful and stable Afghanistan is imperative to the needs of a stable and progressive Pakistan”.
It was underlined that concerted efforts should be made to help bring peace to Afghanistan by continuous and sustained engagement with the government and people of Afghanistan.
The APC expressed concern over the use of drone attacks by the United States, saying the use of drones was not only a violation of Pakistan’s territorial integrity but also detrimental to the country’s resolve of eliminating terrorism.
“The Federal Government should consider the possibility of taking the drone issue to the United Nation as drone attacks are a violation of International Law,” the APC added.
Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said the decisions made by the political leaders would be implemented.
The prime minister said dialogue would be preferred over use of force but the final decision would be taken by the national leadership.
Political leaders, army chief, director general of the Intern-Services Intelligence (ISI) and heads of security agencies participated in the APC, convened to come up with a solution for terrorism in the country.
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