LAHORE - The government and the Taliban are interested in holding talks to bring an end to the killings and there is no difference between them on this issue, says Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid.
Talking to The Nation on Wednesday, he said elements opposed to the talks were only those who were not part of the all-party conference held on the subject on September 9. The minister said the APC had mandated the government to hold talks with the Taliban.
Now, he said, the government would go ahead in the light of the decision taken at the APC. He said talks were a serious issue which should not be discussed by the media and other people as frequently as they were doing. This was not like a cricket match in which score kept changing after every minute, he said.
“This is an issue with which is linked the future of the country and the next generations.” Comparing the role of the Pakistani media on the issue of talks with the Taliban, the minister said it was totally different from the one played by US media on the issue of the Taliban office in Doha. When the office was being set up in Doha, the US media did not make it a subject of discussions. Similarly, Mr Pervaiz Rashid said, the US media kept silent even when the office was closed.
This is how the media protects national interests, he argued.