‘Dialogue committees be given opportunity to work for peace’

* Information minister says speculative statements can hurt nascent peace talks
‘Dialogue committees be given opportunity to work for peace’
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LAHORE: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid on Saturday said that the dialogue committees of the government and the Taliban should be given an opportunity to work for peace in the country.
Talking to media at Aiwan-e-Iqbal, he said that interference in peace talks, through questions in the media, was not appropriate at this stage.
He called for avoiding irresponsible statements about the ongoing talks between the government and Taliban committees.
He said speculative media reports and rhetoric among different sections might influence or affect the process. He said both the dialogue committees should be allowed to work independently.
To a question about any impasse in the dialogue, he said that the government was capable of tackling any deadlock as it wanted peace and it was a major goal. The minister said that Pakistan had never interfered in the affairs of any other country and it was time to resolve its own issues. 
He said that the 1973 Constitution was present in Pakistan, and there was no need of any other system in its presence. He said that enemies of law and the constitution should never be spared and they should be taken to courts. He said the government’s aim was to establish peace and to put the country on the track of development and progress.
To another question regarding Saudi pressure for the release of former President Pervez Musharraf, the minister said that courts would decide the fate of Musharraf. He said that no one could interfere in Pakistan’s judicial system.
Yet to another question, he said that the federal interior minister could better tell whether the two accused in the MQM leader Imran Farooq’s murder case were in the custody of any Pakistani institution or not. About the issue of Big Three of cricket, he said that Pakistan’s stance was absolutely clear on the issue. 

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