ISLAMABAD - Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Thursday expressing hope about some positive progress in peace talks with the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said a meeting of the government peace committee would be held soon to review the on-going dialogue process.
Speaking during the launching ceremony of a think tank "Center for Policy Research and Dialogue" at a local hotel, he said that there was a progress in the peace process and there would be more developments in this connection. "I would meet with the government peace committee on Friday and we will discuss the next plan of action," he also remarked after the ceremony. Chaudhry Nisar said the only way to peace was holding of dialogue and the incumbent was making its utmost efforts to make the country peaceful.
The minister blamed that former rulers imposed a war on Pakistan for 12 years to serve foreign interests. He said that the country had been playing with the fire for the last more than 12 years but no government took the initiative to resolve the conflict through dialogue.
He said the PML-N government started talks and just in few months some headway was made in it. Now those people, who did not take any step to initiate talks, are raising objections and resorting to criticism, he added. The minister said facts should not be distorted, as there were no acts of terrorism from 2001 to 2004 in the tribal belt of the country. No Pakistani or tribesman was involved in the incident of 9/11 but rulers of the time got it stuck in their throat and they had to displace from their areas, he said.
The military dictator of that time pushed the country in the war of foreigners, he reiterated adding millions of people in FATA were displaced from their homes in the previous years. Chaudhry Nisar said the government had taken its position on the issue of removal of name of Pervez Musharraf from the Exit Control List (ECL).
Talking about the ethical standards of society, the minister said people had stopped making difference between right and wrong and truth and falsehood.
He said the rulers should adopt the strict standards of accountability, as it was necessary for stopping degeneration in society.