Rooting out terrorism through talks govt's priority: Nisar
07 October, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Sunday that the government's priority was to root out terrorism through dialogue.
The minister, in a policy statement, said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had himself wished for the talks, which were also endorsed by the political and military leadership at the recent all-parties conference. He said the government appreciated the efforts of the country's religious leaders and ulema for seeking a permanent solution of the terrorism issue and would extend them full support.
Nisar said that the dialogue process had full backing of the military leadership. He said that the way the army was ready to protect the borders and lives of the people shows it also wanted to see the peace process successful.
Nisar said the prime minister had persistently stated that the use of force must be avoided for establishing peace in the country, a sentiment he had expressed in his first address to the nation.
Talking about US drone attacks, the minister said Nawaz Sharif was the first national leader who had raised this issue at the United Nations General Assembly, which depicted the government's stance on the matter.