ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Nisar Ali Khan said on Sunday that the government’s priority was to root out terrorism through dialogue.
The Minister, in a policy statement here, said that Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had himself wished for the talks, which was also endorsed by the political and military leadership at the recent All Parties Conference.
He said that the government appreciated the efforts of the country’s religious leaders and Ulema for seeking a permanent solution of the terrorism issue and would extend them full support in this regard.
Nisar said that the dialogue process had full backing of the military leadership.
He was sure that the way the Army was ready to protect the borders and lives of the people, it also wanted to see the peace process successful.
The Prime Minister, he said, had persistently stated that the use of force must be avoided for establishing peace in the country. Even in his first address to the nation, the Prime Minister had expressed the same sentiments, he added.–APP
Talking about drone attacks, he said that Nawaz Sharif was the first national leader, who had raised this issue at the United Nations General Assembly session, which depicted the government’s stance on the matter.
He said the government had made it clear that the drone attacks were not only against Pakistan’s independence and sovereignty but were also fueling extremism in the country.