Release of Shahbaz Taseer not demanded during talks: PPP


ISLAMABAD: National Assembly opposition leader Khursheed Shah said on Monday that the government has not demanded the release of the sons of former premier Yousaf Raza Gilani and former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer during the dialogue process with the Taliban.
In a statement, Shah expressed sorrow over the approach of the government during the dialogue process. He said that the PPP had supported the dialogue process but the government was creating the impression that they (PPP) were opposing it. “What sort of dialogue is underway with the Taliban? We will not accept such talks,” Shah declared and added that it seems that the government wants to twist the PPP on its talks with the Taliban. He asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to take notice of these matters.
The opposition leader expressed concern over the recent tension between the government and army and asked the government to explain why this happened. Shah also criticised Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan for terming Islamabad a safe city despite the fact that it has been struck by major terrorist attacks in recent weeks. “I think he himself is safe because he travels in a bulletproof vehicle,” Shah remarked.
The opposition leader said that according to TTP spokesperson Shahidullah Shaid the names of sons of Yousaf Raza Gilani and Salmaan Taseer were not in the list of prisoners that the government wants released. He said that the opposition is supporting the government but such a dialogue process is not acceptable. Replying to a query, he stated that one representative of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) was included in the party formed for the National Finance Commission (NFC). However, Altaf Hussain did not talk with any representative of the committee.

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