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Involving army in talks will be dangerous: Khurshid

06 March, 2014

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ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah on Wednesday opposed involving the army in negotiations with the Taliban.

He said the government should not involve the army in the dialogue process with the Taliban as only the government itself could go for the dialogue."The army is meant to obey the government orders and armed forces involvement in talks with the terrorists will produce a very dangerous result," he said while talking to newsmen at the Parliament House after the PAC meeting.

The opposition leader said the army works under the government, so by involving the army in the dialogue process, the government had admitted that the army was a separate institution not under it. "The army is only included in such a committee in case of a ceasefire with an enemy country after a battle," he said.

However, Shah said he had no objection if a former member of the armed forces participated in the peace talks. "The terrorists are the murderers of 60,000 Pakistanis and it would be unfortunate to see the army sitting with them," he added.

The opposition leader said he had no objection to the dialogue.PR adds: The Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) President Senator Ch Shujaat Hussain said that the army should not be involved in the dialogue with the Taliban. He said the first priority of members of parliament should be national security and solidarity and peoples' problems.

He expressed these views while talking at the luncheon reception hosted by him in honour of the office-bearers of the Youth Parliament.A press release said the PML-Q's senior central leader and former deputy prime minister Ch Parvez Elahi, PPP and MQM senators also attended the luncheon reception.

Hussain said in the prevailing circumstances, responsibilities of the public representatives had immensely increased.The Youth Parliament office-bearers appreciated the welfare services introduced by the PML-Q like Rescue 1122 Service.

Those who attended the luncheon reception included Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Senator Jahangir Badr, Senator Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, Senator Sehar Kamran, Senator Rubina Irfan, Senator Saeedul Hassan Mendokhel, Senator Kamil Ali Agha, Wasim Sajjad, Syed Dilawar Abbas, Muhammad Basharat Raja, Rizwan Sadiq besides Youth Parliament President Tauseef Abbasi, Foreign Minister Saad Khan, Information Minister Hanna Anwar, Talal Almas, Education Minister Afzaal Chaudhry and Minister for Kashmir Affairs Abdul Qadir Abbasi among others.


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