No differences with army on dialogue with Taliban: govt
08 September, 2013
LAHORE: Information and Broadcasting Minister Pervaiz Rashid on Saturday rejected the impression that the army opposes dialogue with the Taliban and added all the institutions would be duty bound to implement whatever the policy and decisions were taken by the government.
Talking to the media, the minister said that there was no difference of opinion between the government and army as far as dialogue with the Taliban was concerned.
Otherwise too, he added, the institutions are duty bound to implement decisions of the government.
He also made it clear that the operation clean-up in Karachi would succeed and the federal government has taken the Sindh government on board on the issue.
He said that All Parties Conference (APC) was being called in the interest of the country and no political leader could afford to refuse participation in it. He said that a meeting in Lahore with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the chair had given approval to the arrangements for APC.
The meeting on Saturday was attended by the interior minister and army chief among others and it reviewed the security situation, including the law and order in Karachi, the minister said.
He said that looking five years back, it seemed that the government was not serious in restoring order in the mega city but the PML-N government started dealing with the situation soon after it came to power. About power crisis, Rashid said the government would give a huge subsidy of Rs 170 billion on electricity this year and all resources are being used to overcome the crisis. He said the government was forced to increase petroleum prices as there had been an increase in international prices of the commodity.
To a query, the minister said former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf was responsible for high price of petroleum products in the country. "He ran the country's economy on artificial methods and ignored market forces, which caused circular debt to increase."
He also regretted the fact that costly resources were wasted during the past regimes as dependence on power generation was shifted from hydel to thermal.
The minister said the government has once again made Pakistan to stand on its feet and it "is fast moving forward". He said the achievements of 100 days of Nawaz Sharif's government are more than that of Musharraf and others who ruled the country for 10 to 12 years.