ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has made it clear that no one from the army will be included in the government’s negotiating team to hold talks with the Taliban.
Speaking to a private news channel on Monday, the minister said that three to four bureaucrats would hold direct peace talks with the Taliban. He said that it would be the official committee of the government, which would include members from FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Nisar said that in the first phase, the government committee would establish contacts with the Taliban for three days and discuss as to where the peace talks would be held.
He said that discussions were underway to finalise who would represent the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in the talks. The minister said that the government had not contacted the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf over inclusion of any political personality in the peace committee. He also made it clear that all advancements in talks would be made with the consent of the army.
Nisar telephoned Taliban committee member Maulana Samiul Haq on Monday and exchanged views with him on the current situation status of the talks between the government and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). During the conversation Haq emphasised the need of talks with the Taliban, whereas Nisar told him that an announcement will be made regarding government’s reconstituted team in the next couple of days. Haq said the peace negotiations are having a good impact on the nation and state.
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