Munawar lauds govt, army consensus on talks

KARACHI: The Ameer of the Jamaat-e-Islami Syed Munawar Hasan lauded the ongoing process of negotiations with the Taliban, addressing a ‘Meet the Press’ event organized by the Karachi Press Club on Tuesday.

He said it was a good thing that the government and army are on the same page in the matter of negotiations. He also praised the role of committees representing the Taliban and the government in making a favourable environment for the talks.

Hasan said that the most important issue being encountered by Pakistan is terrorism and the process to control terrorism had been started though a little late and in confusion.

Elucidating the military operation’s option, he said that 16 parties had made consensus and signed for negotiations with the Taliban under All Parties Conference (APC). But, a few parties turned back and started suggesting operation, which is a bad thing. He said that military operation had never been fruitful, whether in Balochistan, Fata or even in Swat. “Had it been successful in Swat then what is the army doing there after the operation,” he asked.

Munawar said that America was facing a defeat worse than that of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). He said that 60 per cent military forces of the world were present in Afghanistan and no result had yet come about. The mighty powers are unable to defeat poor Afghani people, who even do not have adequate weapons.

Citing the issue of missing Balochs Munawar criticized the secret agencies for the kidnapping of Balochs and said that this kind of act is very painful.

Replying to a query, he said that Nawaz government should have taken Balochs in confidence right after winning the election, which would have helped in building confidence, as we had seen that till now five military operations had failed in Balochistan.

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