ISLAMABAD - Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly (NA) Syed Khursheed Shah on Thursday reiterated that opposition parties have mandated government for holding talks with Taliban.
“Opposition has mandated the incumbent government to hold talks with Taliban,” said Syed Khursheed Shah, talking to the newsmen, after attending a briefing of Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar over negotiation process with Taliban. Shah also remarked that opposition would soon hold parleys with government on this matter.
Sources said that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) senior leaders would meet Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan next week to discuss further progress on talks with Taliban.
It is relevant to mention here that PPP’s senior leader had also recently written a letter to Premier Nawaz Sharif urging him to come up with the progress on the decisions of this September’s All Parties Conference (APC).
In his letter, Khursheed Shah through the said letter has demanded the incumbent government to take the parliament, political parties and the masses into confidence on the progress made in the dialogue process with the militants as was agreed upon by all political parties in the APC held on September 9.
Talking to media, Shah responding to a question about opposition’s boycott from Senate on the attitude of Chaudhary Nisar, remarked that government should avoid such practice as it could eventually weaken the parliament.
Citing the example of PPP’s era Interior Minster Rehman Malik, Shah further said that Rehman Malik had tendered apology in the house around 21 times.
To a question about appointment of NAB chairman, PPP leader said that he had contacted PTI’s Shah Mehmood Qureshi to propose names for the slot of chairman NAB before appointment. He said that PTI was only resorting to ‘point scoring ‘ on this matter.