LAHORE - In the All Parties Conference held under the chair of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday, the government has, in principle, agreed to quit the US-led war on terror to concede one of the major demands of the PTI chief Imran Khan.
Since the government was also part of the decisions made in the APC, it seems certain now that Pakistan would soon be coming out of the US-led war, but only to implement its own strategy to counter the insurgency.
“We declare that we shall ourselves determine the means and mode of fighting this war in our national interest and shall not be guided by the United States of America or any other country in this regard”, says text of the resolution, clearly indicating that Pakistan would now be making her own decisions regarding the war on terror without taking dictation from the US.
The PTI leader had been advocating from the day one that Pakistan should disengage from the war on terror first and then engage in negotiations with the Taliban. Though the PML-N government also wants to have talks with the Taliban militia, it was earlier finding it hard to come out of the US influence. But now the government has got full backing of all political parties represented in the Parliament to do so.
Before start of the moot, the government also fulfilled another demand of the PTI chief by affording him an opportunity to meet the prime minister and the army chief to deliberate on the issue. This was his pre-condition to participate in the APC.
JI welcomes APC declaration
Jamaat-e-Islami chief Syed Munawwar Hassan has expressed satisfaction over the APC declaration and said it is in line with the nation’s sentiments and a milestone for the country’s sovereignty and solidarity.
In a statement issued here Monday, he expressed hope that the government would take the APC’s unanimous resolution as a starting point of its strategy and make use of best options to implement its decisions. He was sure the fresh resolution would not meet the same fate faced by the previous resolutions on the issue.
Munawwar said the issue of drone attacks must be discussed with Washington.
He said the APC should have also decided what the line of action would be for the government if Washington did not heed to Islamabad’s demands as far as drone attacks are concerned.
The JI chief, however, said that the consensus at the APC for initiating dialogue process with Taliban was a good augury and the issue should not be delayed any further.