MWM, SIC oppose govt-Taliban talks

MWM, SIC oppose govt-Taliban talks

LAHORE: Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) and Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) on Wednesday opposed the proposed talks between the government and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. SIC Chairman Sahibzada Hamid Raza, MWM Secretary for Political Affairs Syed Nasir Abbas Sherazi and Voice of Shuhada-e-Pakistan spokesperson Senator Faisal Raza Abidi expressed their opposition to the talks while addressing a joint press conference at the MWM office. The MWM and SIC central leadership claimed that they would not allow the government to hold talks with the terrorists at the cost of the constitution. They said the government should not hold negotiations with the TTP who neither recognise the country’s constitution nor respect its sovereignty. They announced that the MWM, SIC and VoSP will hold a national peace conference in Islamabad on January 5. Syed Nasir Abbas Sherazi demanded that instead of TTP, the government must start talks with the aggrieved families and relatives of those martyred in terrorist attacks.  He asked the government to assure the people of Pakistan that the country’s geographical boundaries are in safe hands. He pointed out that people, particularly those who have lost relatives in terrorist attacks, are worried about national security. “They want assurance that the government will not spoil the sacrifices offered by their loved ones,” Sherazi said. Sahibzada Hamid Raza criticised the government’s “compromise” policy to hold talks with the TTP. He urged the government to start a military operation against law violators. 

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