ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister’s Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz Thursday regretted that TTP has not responded positively to the government peace talks and the security forces have been so far precisely targeting terrorists’ hideouts in the North Waziristan Agency.
Talking to newsmen here after addressing a function, he said the dialogue has not yielded positive results so far. Sartaj Aziz said that the National Security Policy presented in National Assembly is related to the country’s internal security.
He said the operational part of National Security Policy is of immense importance and the government will ensure to achieve this aspect with full commitment. Sartaj said that objective of this policy is to establish rule of law. The Advisor said in next two weeks, the government will also present defense and international policies in the National Assembly.
Replying to a question regarding bilateral security agreement between Afghanistan and United States, he said it is a bilateral matter of Afghanistan and United States, and Afghanistan has a right to decide whether to sign it or not.
Answering a question, he said back-channel talks are continuing with India and improvement of relations with India is at top priority of the government.
Earlier, addressing the two-day conference on history of non-violence resistance organized by the Institute of Peace and Diplomacy in collaboration with the Department of History, University of Warwick and the Lever Hume Trust, UK he said history is full of examples of non-violent resistance.
He said Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had the unique history of not spending a day in prison.
He talked about the great Pakistan moment, led by Qaid-e-Azam, which is the biggest example of non-violent resistance.
Sartaj also highlighted the salient features of development and peace agenda of the present government being implemented through rule of law.
The main objective of the conference was to provide a neutral ground to the people to speak of peace and diplomacy.
Kristof W. Duwaerts, Resident Representative, Hanns Seidel Foundation, Islamabad, while sharing his views on this occasion said the youth, which is more than 60 percent of the population want peace and harmony.
He gave examples of the past leaders like Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Fatima Jinnah and Benazir Bhutto who established themselves as ambassadors of peace in history of Pakistan.
Dr. Johan Galtung, the prominent peace theorist and a negotiator, started off by saying that it’s a great honor to speak on this wonderful topic.
He talked about the five stages of war and how the world peace state is changing.