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Nawaz Sharif will appear in NA today

29 January, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appears to have made up his mind on paying a rare visit to the National Assembly on Wednesday and is likely to make an announcement about the dialogue with the Taliban.

While the whole nation is impatiently waiting for a decision, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is keeping close to his chest the decision of whether to allow the armed forces to initiate a decisive operation against the militants, or to gauge the sincerity of the TTP in the latest offer for talks.

This was the third time in a month that the TTP has showed willingness to initiate peace dialogue and also to declare a ceasefire if the government reciprocates.

The prime minister not only expressed complete solidarity with the forces but also passed a hint on retaliating against the militant's action with full force. This stance generated unprecedented debate in the electronic and in print media and is still continuing but it is difficult to gauge which opinion has majority support.

Prime Minister Sharif was expected to make an announcement in his speech in the lower house on Monday but he refrained.

Earlier, the head of AML (Awami Muslim League), Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has criticized Mian Nawaz Sharif's constant absence from parliament despite having '2/3rd majority'.

Talking to media outside parliament House, he said that constant absence of Prime Minister from Assembly proceedings had left the seat of PM as vacant, according to article 63-2, while masses had also become quite disappointed and despondent of government's attitude.

"The Nation wants to have full awareness of the hot issue of dialogue with Taliban, while Speaker Assembly says that PM is on leave with application" he criticized, making the shocking disclosure that PM had never applied for any leave as such, officially.

"Opposition already tried its best to bring PM in National Assembly through normal means, while it seems that a special charm (talisman) would have to be conjured for the purpose", he scoffed.


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