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PPP demands time frame for talks; PML-N sees conspirators at work

05 February, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader Raza Rabbani on Tuesday demanded that a deadline should be set for results in relation to talks between negotiators representing the government and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Speaking in Senate, Rabbani said the government should also explain the terms and conditions of these negotiations. He severely criticised the government's decision to take hold talks with the militants. "The government should not bring the state down to a level where it may become helpless before terrorists," the PPP senator warned. He said that by not deciding on the issue during the past seven months, the government had given the Taliban an opportunity to organise and strengthen.

Meanwhile, the PML-N senators responded by saying that conspiracies were being hatched to destroy the peace of the whole country under the cover of sectarianism and other insurgent activities. Rabbani demanded an in-camera session of parliament to take on board the opposition over talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. Opening a debate on the motion regarding the political and law and order situation with particular reference to recent terrorists activities in the country, Rabbani put forwarded four demands.

These demands are: making public of the terms of reference (TOR) of talks with the TTP, timeframe for talks and in-camera session of parliament; setting up of a parliamentary committee having representation of all political parties so that all the stockholders are taken into confidence on the proposed talks with the TTP. Rabbani alleged that the government has failed to maintain law and order and control power load-shedding in the country.

He said the law and order situation was worsening with every passing day and the federal government has been doing nothing to address this grave issue. The PPP leader said the issue of missing persons and recovery of mutilated bodies in Balochistan has not been addressed yet. "Officials of law enforcing agencies are also being targeted continuously in Sindh," he noted. Taking part in the debate, PML-N's Rafiq Rajwana noted that the country was facing the menace of terrorism for the past so many years in which thousands of innocent civilian and personnel of law enforcing agencies have lost their lives.

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