Negotiations would continue but other side would have to end violence, Nisar

Peshawar: Federal Minister for Interior, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Thursday that back door channel negotiations with Tailbone but made it clear that complete end of violence from other side will be required to make the negotiation process successful.

“If they want to carry on negotiations process for peace, so they must shun path of violence and bloodshed. Both the peace talks and violence are not continued, Mr Nisar Khan said while briefing media persons after a joint meeting on internal security issues at Governor House Peshawar here. He said acts of violence could not be tolerated on the country’s soil and that the government would appropriately respond to any such attacks.

Made it clear that the peace-dialogue process and violent activities will not go simultaneously while the government is committed to take serious steps regarding country security.

Flanked by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister, Pervez Khattak, KP Governor Engineer Shaukatullah Khan, IGP KP Nasir Khan Durrani, Chief Secretary Shahzad Arbab, and other high officials, the Federal Minister informed that government has been importing more than 65 vehicles, with capacity of Improvised Explosive Device (IED’s) proved and bomb detective from China.

He further added the about four-vehicles will arrived in few days, while further 50 vehicles would gradually imported. Unless we are equip with latest technologies and modern warfare instruments to personnel’s of law enforcement agencies, we cannot come to a defensive position, Mr Nisar Khan said. He maintained these vehicles would be given to the provinces as well as law enforcement agencies.

The Federal Minister categorically said the government has clear stance to abandon violence activities, if they want to hold talks for peace. He said the government and Taliban committee’ were constantly in contact to reinitiate broken peace-negotiations process.

He, however, said despite the events of the past several days, the government still preferred the route of peace talks with the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). He said the government was sincerely working towards establishing peace in the country, adding that it would remove all the stumbling blocks that lay on the road ahead.

About recent strike in various tribal agencies, he said the security forces air-strikes are ‘pre-emptive’ in retaliation of from other side. About the claim of Taliban regarding killing of their associates in the custody of security forces, he denied the any such reports, termed as it a mere based on fiction and negative propaganda against the security forces. He said that government had already demanded to provide it evidences or sharing list of killing persons of Taliban.

Responding another question, he said the successive government had completely neglected the law enforcement agencies to equip them with modern technologies and instruments along with other requirements.

He said the incumbent government has taken initiative to launch a Rapid Response force, while the idea has been replicated by government of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said the around 500-2000 personnel’s would be recruited in the RRF, which will be equipped with last technologies along with other defensive and protective gadgets.

Chaudhry Nisar sys they were struggling for future of Pakistan, which will be only possible with coordinated efforts, of centre, provincial governments, security institutions and intelligence agencies, Mr Nisar Khan said. He reiterated that the government would make all-out efforts to restore sustainable and durable peace in the country.

The Minister said the incumbent government had drafted a comprehensive National Security Policy within a shortest period of six months. He said the policy is not final or not making any amendments.

He said a clause would be added in the policy, to take provincial governments on board to have better intelligence sharing between police and other law enforcement agencies, as earlier to drafting of this policy a seven moth ago, there were not any coordination between 26 security intelligence agencies of the country. He informed that a joint directorate of all the intelligence agencies will be created.

Sharing the decision of the meeting on security issues, held at Governor House, the Federal Minister said that the discussion was kept on focus regarding internal security and integrity of the country.

He said it has been decided to hold meeting of Chief Ministers of four federating units a meeting with months with elected representative of parliaments and senate, to discuss overall security issues, and development of better coordination among the provinces.

Chaudhry Nisar Khan said that during the meeting, he realized that the Federal and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government are moving on same directions, to tackle with law and order, and security issues.

He reaffirmed the government to take every possible support and help to counter extremism and terrorism in the better way. He stressed the need for coordinated efforts beyond any political affiliation, to combat terrorism and establish everlasting peace in the country.

KP Chief Minister, Pervez Khattak while addressing on the occasion said that the provincial government has fully agreed with the initiatives and efforts of federal government for countering terrorism and establishment of peace.

He said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is frontline province in the ongoing war against terrorism. He stressed the need for development of better coordination and consensus on all issues, especially security related. He assured the Federal government that the KP will fully support its any step for building sustainable peace.

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