Govt, Taliban yet to begin ‘real dialogue’: negotiator

* Prof Ibrahim says government, military and Taliban would have to move peace process forward with sincerity

PESHAWAR: Taliban coordination committee member Professor Ibrahim has said that the government and the Taliban have yet to begin “real talks”. 
Addressing a gathering on Sunday, Prof Ibrahim said that the government, the military and the Taliban should have to move the dialogue process forward with sincerity. He said that in the peace process, there were a few problems from both sides. “The Taliban prisoners are yet to be released by the government,” he added. He made an appeal to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan to extend the ceasefire and stop attacking defence institutions. He said that the army should also not resort to jet bombardments. Ibrahim said that the army should stop the operation, asserting that both parties should get serious in the dialogue process. 
The Taliban negotiator said both the government and the Taliban committee should have a meeting with the army chief, adding that the army should trust the government if it could not become part of the peace talks. 
Ibrahim said that the dialogue process was the only way forward for peace “no matter how much time it fails”. Over the treason case against General (r) Pervez Musharraf, the Taliban coordination committee member said that it was the responsibility of the federation to take the matter to its logical conclusion. “No institution should back criminals,” he added. He clarified that the federal government would be solely responsible if Musharraf was sent abroad. 

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