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Govt not confused on anti-terror policy: PM Nawaz

27 February, 2014

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday maintained that there was no confusion in the government on the National Security Policy and it was moving forward with a clear thought, saying the process of dialogue with the Taliban had been very open and transparent.

Speaking briefly on the floor of the lower house of parliament following the announcement of the National Security Policy by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, the prime minister said that there was no confusion in the government policy against extremism and if anybody thinks it needs more clarity, it would welcome the suggestions and recommendations.

"We will try to remove confusion if the opposition thinks it exists. We are ready for a heart to heart discussion, seek opinion and bring about an improvement," he said.Nawaz Sharif said the interior minister deserved special appreciation as he worked hard with all sincerity to prepare the security policy. "The interior minister and his department worked hard to accomplish the task," he said.

He said the interior minister had already said that the security policy was not the last word and could be improved further in light of the recommendations of the House. "It is a state policy and of the nation. It is not the policy of the government or the PML-N and everybody should give its input," the prime minister said.

He said the process of dialogue with the Taliban had been clear and transparent and head of the government committee Irfan Siddiqui also kept on briefing the media about the progress.

The prime minister said that it was the beauty of democracy that everybody speaks on national issues with clarity of thought and with facts. "We have learnt a lot from mistakes of the past and now it is time to mend the follies. Let us talk with responsibility and commitment," he said adding they had waged a joint struggle for restoration of democracy and judiciary.

The prime minister, while welcoming earlier comments of the Opposition Leader Syed Khursheed Shah, said he knew that Khursheed Shah had spoken from his heart.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that democracy was the only solution to problems facing the nation and urged to stand united for a secure and bright future, adding that the government will take the opposition and parliamentary leaders of political parties into confidence over the dialogue with the Taliban.


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