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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. – File Photo
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. – File Photo

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Cabinet of Pakistan Monday decided to honour the decisions taken by the All Parties Conference (APC) and carry forward the Taliban peace dialogue without letting this process derailed.

“Pakistan has the right to take its decisions on its own according to its interests,” Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said while addressing a special meeting of the federal cabinet here.

“If there cannot be cooperation with the process we have initiated to end terrorism, it should at least not be damaged,” he remarked in an apparent reference to the US.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan briefed the meeting on the emerging situation in the aftermath of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud’s killing in a US drone strike on Friday.

It is pertinent to mention that the militant outfit has refused to hold any kind of dialogue with the Pakistani government, according to a report published on BBC Urdu website.

TTP’s central spokesman Shahidullah Shahid, in a stern tone, assailed the government and the armed forces by calling them ‘slaves of America.’ “There cannot be any kind of dialogue with the slaves of America,” he said. The Pakistani Taliban spokesman also severally criticised the media.

Without mentioning the US during Monday's meeting, the prime minister said that continuation of an unfortunate and condemnable practice of the drone attacks manifested that Pakistan's view point for the permanent elimination of terrorism and the establishment of durable peace was not understood.

The recent APC depicted that the entire political and military leadership as well as the masses, media and civil society wanted to resolve the issue of terrorism through serious and meaningful dialogue, he said, adding, the whole international community also wanted elimination of the bloodshed.

Sharif said Pakistan has paid the highest price of terrorism, rendering unmatchable sacrifices. “We are fully alive to the severity of the issue, but we should be let to address our problems according to our own strategy,” he maintained.

The premier recalled his recent statement, in which he revealed the start of peace dialogue, adding, “The ice was melting and contacts had been established from both the sides.”

“Amidst this scenario, the drone strike inflicted serious damage to the government's efforts for dialogue and peace.”

The prime minister, however, expressed his confidence that “we will not let the efforts for dialogue and peace to be derailed.”

Earlier, in a speech after army exercises near Bahawalpur, Prime Minister Sharif had warned that peace could not be achieved “by unleashing senseless force.”

Prime Minister Sharif directed the interior minister to complete liaison and consultative process with the political leadership on the matter and to make future strategy during the ongoing National Assembly session and report to him accordingly.

Comments (6) Closed

Parvez Nov 04, 2013 11:53pm

Talking the talk, is the easy must now show you can walk the walk , as well.

Seedoo Nov 05, 2013 12:03am

To end terrorism, you negotiate with the terrorists! Wow what a great strategy. Well, I guess then we will have a lot more terrorists in the future, because government will be willing to negotiate with every one of them.

What a signal to send to the criminal elements in your society!

Agha Ata Nov 05, 2013 01:20am

I see not a single statement of TTP saying that the dialogue would take place. Only yesterday, interior minister said it is derailed by the drone attack on Mehsud and killing him. Today PM says that we will not let this initiative derailed. And whats more . . . "There cannot be any kind of dialogue with the slaves of America." TTP

Mustafa Nov 05, 2013 04:38am

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been singing the song of "peace negotiations with Taliban" for many months and this will probably continue during his term of office and his successor may do the same that is just words but no action to save the nation of Pakistan from its sworn enemies. May Allah save Pakistan from its enemies as well as those who are friends of its enemies.

NASAH (USA) Nov 05, 2013 05:29am

Now is the TIME for Nawaz Sharif to initiate talks with the Taliban. Not before. The road to peace has been cleared.

lordpak Nov 05, 2013 07:06am

Finally Nawaz Sharif is saying the right. Hope he is able to deliver!