QUETTA - Chief Minister Khyber Pakhunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said that delay should not be made in initiating dialogue with Taliban.
Addressing a press conference along with CM Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch at CM Secretariat here on Thursday, he said PTI government was determined to provide a uniform educational system and create ease for the masses following the slogan of change for the first time.
“Balochistan and KP face similar challenges which include natural calamities, terrorism and other issues,” he said.
Khattak said he had come to Balochistan to express his solidarity with the earthquake victims of Balochistan, and added that he had to visit Quetta at an unpleasant moment amid natural calamity gripping Baloch people.
He said other provinces of the country expect Punjab to play role of an elder brother. He said to bring change the provinces have to cooperate with each other.
“This time we are seeking peace amid war-like situation,” Khattak said and added that they would render all sacrifices to achieve that objective as innumerable people and security forces have fallen prey to the violence in the war. “We think that solution of every issue is dialogue and our eyes are at federal government for talks. We appeal to them not to delay the process anymore,” he maintained. To a question, he said PTI’s policy was clear that it wanted solution of problems through talks. He said drone attacks should be stopped as innocent people were being targeted by them.
He stressed the need of changing what he called a 66-year-old system only to replace it with a system which could provide rights to the poor and facilitate his life.
To another query, he said the acts of terrorism spoil the efforts for peace.
KPK chief minister stressed upon the need of dialogue to bring peace in the country as war was not the solution to issues.
To yet another query about the performance of PTI government in KPK, he said the people of his province should be asked about that.
“We have brought enough change, the corruption is stopped and we are delivering in a better way and striving hard to bring more improvement,” he added.
Earlier, talking to media persons at airport on Thursday during his day-long visit to Quetta, he said if drone attacks were stopped a way could be sorted out for dialogue with militants for bringing peace. “War against terrorism is underway for the last one decade in the country but war is not the solution to any issue, as war is itself an issue and we have to get rid of it,” he added.
KPK CM said they wanted to solve all issues with dialogue and not force so that they could protect the future of youth and stabilize the country.
Referring to his Quetta visit, Mr Khattak said his visit was aimed at helping the earthquake-hit Baloch brothers. “We stand by the Baloch brothers at this critical moment and cannot let them alone. We are helping them as per our capacity,” he added.
KPK chief minister during his visit also met Governor Balochistan Muhammad Achakzai and provincial ministers. He was also given briefing about the damage caused by earthquake in Awaran.
CM Parvez Khattak also handed over a cheque of Rs 80 million to chief minister Balochistan for earthquake affectees.
The KPK chief minister was also accompanied by PTI central leader Jahangir Tareen. A large number of PTI workers received them at Quetta Airport.