Big powers want to sabotage planned dialogue with Taliban: Nisar
11 September, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that some "big powers" intend to sabotage the peace process in the region which is to be initiated in accordance with the decision taken by the All-Parties Conference.
Nisar said the government would move ahead with complete secrecy for achieving the desired results. He told a media briefing that the entire nation would be kept informed about the time frame of the talks and issues to be discussed with Taliban factions. He said that the Taliban factions have responded positively to the declaration of the All-Parties Conference, and the government would move ahead for peace process in a dignified manner. The framework for dialogue with Taliban was ready, he added.
Nisar said that the decision for initiating dialogue with the Taliban factions was not taken on the pressure of any foreign power nor to pave the way for any kind of operation. The political leadership represented in the APC considered the process of dialogue as the best option, he said, adding that all the political leaders represented in the APC kept national interest above their party interest. The minister said that there was no difference of opinion from any political leader or the military leadership during the APC.
Chaudhry Nisar also clarified that army chief General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani had not said that journalists were spreading confusions and had only referred to "some quarters". He said that initiating the process of APC and dialogue was the decision of the government and no foreign pressure was taken into consideration in this regard. Highlighting the sensitive roll of the media during the upcoming dialogue with the Taliban, the interior minister said that one wrong media report could sabotage the peace process and one factual and good media report could strengthen it.
He urged the media to at least consult the Interior Ministry for whatever they intend to write and present in the media upon the subject. He re-called that no Pakistani or Afghan national was involved in the 9/11 incident, despite this fact, all the negative impact is being faced by Pakistan and Afghanistan, especially the population in the bordering areas.