ISLAMABAD, Sept 5: The government has decided to convene a multi-party conference to try to evolve consensus on a counter-terrorism strategy.

The conference to be held on Monday will discuss contours of the draft counter-terrorism strategy and seek views of political leaders on whether to go for dialogue or use state’s power to curb terrorism, an official told Dawn.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan is reported to have contacted Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah, PTI chairman Imran Khan, MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, JI Amir Munawar Hasan and leaders of other parties.

It is learnt that Imran Khan who had earlier decided to boycott such a conference has agreed to attend it.

The conference was originally scheduled for July 12, but it was delayed because the government needed time to improve the draft of its counter-terrorism strategy.

The interior minister told newsmen last month that the government preferred dialogue but it would not shy away from an “all out war” against militants if the political leadership agreed on it.

In what was seen as the government’s first unambiguous statement about the growing security threat, the minister said: “We will leave it to the political parties to decide whether we should hold talks with militants, use force against them or adopt a mix of tact and might.”

The “war against terror” was thrust upon the nation by a dictator, but saving Pakistan from death and destruction had now become “our war”, he said, adding that a strategy against militants would be thrashed out at a multi-party conference and the consensus developed at the MPC would be implemented in letter and spirit.

Chaudhry Nisar said a policy on the issue of drone attacks would also be shaped up. The military leadership would give a briefing to the political leadership.

More From This Section

All parties to be consulted on Taliban issue: minister

ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif said on Sunday that dialogue would be held only with the factions...

US Air Force pilots carry out drone strikes

CIA operatives don’t fly unmanned aircraft, raises significant legal issues regarding the targeted killing in Pakistan.

Sadequain’s work fetches high price at auction

LONDON: Paintings by some leading Pakistani artists fetched about 600,000 pounds with one of Sadequain’s having...

Bids for 3G, 4G licences surpass expectations: PTA

Mobilink, Zong, Ufone and Telenor in the field; Warid stays away


Comments are closed.
Explore: Indian elections 2014
Explore: Indian elections 2014
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
Cartoons
E-PAPER
Front Page