Foreign involvement can't be ruled out in terror acts in KP: Khattak
09 October, 2013
PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak has said the process of holding a dialogue with the Taliban has begun through a team of prominent religious scholars in the light of the declaration of the recently held All Parties Conference (APC). Talking to our sources at the provincial assembly's secretariat, he said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had been authorised to use other options in case the Taliban didn't hold talks for the restoration of lasting peace in the country.
However, he said he was optimistic about the outcome of the initiative."We have complete confidence in the team of religious scholars, who have been assigned the task of holding talks with the Taliban," the chief minister said, adding that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan had also indicated that the government would have no option, but to launch a limited military operation against those, who didn't acknowledge Pakistan and its constitution.
About the policy of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and PTI on terrorism, Pervaiz Khattak said they opposed terrorism in the strongest possible terms.He said the country had witnessed a lot of bloodshed over the last 10 years."We want to settle this issue through peaceful means. We prefer negotiations to the use of force and military operations," he added.
The chief minister said almost all the political parties at the All Parties Conference had agreed to holding dialogue with the militants, but unfortunately some of them were now talking about other options.
About the steps of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in the wake of the fresh wave of terrorism in the province, the chief minister said it would take some time to control terrorism as the terrorists didn't leave any clues to hunt them down and bring them to justice.
"We have empowered the newly appointed inspector general of police to handle the existing situation. We have also stopped political interference in Police Department," he said, and added the new police chief had a vision to improve the intelligence system and train the police force to cope with militancy.
"We have asked the federal government to send back the platoons of the Frontier Constabulary to the province to strengthen our forces deployed on borders with the tribal areas," he said.About the recent acts of subversion in Peshawar, the chief minister said he didn't know as to who were behind these attacks as the intelligence reports were yet to be finalised.
He, however, added that over 200 bomb blasts had taken place in last 10 years and no one had the information as to who were behind the attacks. "One thing is very clear the terrorists are killing innocent people as they want to destabilise Pakistan. The involvement of foreign hands cannot be ruled out," he added.