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Senators reject TTP demand, want talks held under 73 Constitution

11 February, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Parliamentarians in the Senate on Monday strongly reacted to the TTP's stance of not holding peace talks under the constitution of Pakistan.

Opposition senators claimed that it was decided that there would be no terrorist activities during peace negotiations but the recent incidents clearly revealed that "third forces" are involved in such acts.

Now it is duty of the government to ascertain the third force, they said, and demanded that the government hold talks with TTP under the constitution of Pakistan.

Continuing debate over Mian Raza Rabbani's motion regarding discussion on the current law and order situation in the country, PML-N Senator Hamza said Islam does not allow killing of innocent people and Taliban are just misusing the name of religion. He asked the government to take appropriate measures to improve law and order situation in the country as killings in Karachi and Balochistan still continue.

PPP Senator Saeed Ghani was of the view that both the government and Taliban members of committees "have same thinking and agenda to promote Taliban's idea". He claimed that a majority of people in Pakistan are true followers of Islam, and asked the government to take action against those forces which are sabotaging peace process.

The All Parties Conference (APC) of the JUI-F had given mandate to the government to initiate peace talks with insurgents, said Abdul Ghafoor Haideri while taking part in the debate.

He also claimed that the 1973 constitution was made on the basis of Islam and it was signed by Shah Ahmad Noorani, Maulana Abdul Haq, Mufti Mehmood and other prominent clerics.

"I can never give this right to anyone to challenge the 1973 constitution," he said, adding, "Let us see the outcome of peace talks and pray for its success."

PML-N Senator Najma Hameed was of the view that the law and order situation had deteriorated when a military dictator took over the civilian government. Had the democratic process continued, the situation would have improved as compared to the present situation, he added.

PPP legislator Mukhtar Ahmad Dhamrah said the Taliban's demand of releasing their prisoners is totally illogical as they were involved in the killing of innocent people.

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