Senate expresses reservations on govt-Taliban peace negotiations

Senate expresses reservations on govt-Taliban peace negotiations
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ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Tuesday expressed reservations over the peace negotiations between the government and the Taliban. 
Meanwhile, opposition legislators in the Upper House of parliament criticised Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan’s absence and walked out, compelling the adjournment of the proceedings due to lack of quorum. Senators from opposition and also from the treasury benches expressed serious reservations over the ongoing peace negotiations between the government and Taliban.
They said that the entire nation and the armed forces are fully united for action against the militants but the only hurdle now is the government which, they claimed, had taken a flimsy stand during peace talks with the Taliban. They claimed that the Taliban are responsible for the killing of thousands of innocent people. PPP stalwart Mian Raza Rabbani demanded that Interior Minister Nisar resign, as he had promised to resign if he failed to restore law and order in the country after coming into power. 
The senators alleged that the law enforcement agencies have failed to protect the people’s lives and property. They complained that the agencies keep tabs on the politicians but do not bother to monitor the activities of terrorists. The legislators noted that the terrorists penetrated the Islamabad court complex and continued their assault for 45 minutes, but there were no law enforcement agencies on the spot to stop them. They questioned where was the Rapid Response Force which the interior minister talks about. 
Rabbani said the nation is waiting for the resignation of Nisar over his failure to make Islamabad a safe city. “Do not weaken the writ of the state to such an extent that it gets difficult for the government to restore it,” he warned. He said either the prime minister or the interior minister should brief the Senate over the Islamabad terrorist attack.
PML-N’s Senator Hamza said the country is confronting the menace of terrorism, and talking with the Taliban showed weaknesses of the government. He suggested that all agencies and security forces should collectively take action against the terrorists. He advised the government to give up peace talks and take action against the Taliban. 

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