Opposing negotiations and supporting the likely military operation against insurgents, the Pakistan Sunni Tehreek Punjab leader said that everyday increase in terrorist activities in the country had exposed the government claims of maintaining law and order.

“We do not support negotiations with the Taliban until the militants unconditionally surrender to the national forces. Otherwise, the government should immediately start military operation against the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan,” said ST leader Dr Muhammad Imran Mustafai addressing a press conference in Sadiqabad. “If the federal and provincial governments remain silent further, the country will continue suffering the loss of life and national assets.

“The most difficult problem of the country is terrorism and for solution to the problems, bold decisions are required with complete support and unity of the nation,” said Mustafai. He added that the process of holding talks with the Taliban had proved to be futile.

“Terrorists have killed a huge number of people in the country even then the government is talking to hold talks with the anti-state elements. For national progress and prosperity, the rulers must take bold decisions as our ancestors made sacrifices of hundreds of thousands of lives for her creation. The government have to provide security of life and property for the populace. Terrorists are making demands which are difficult to be accepted by the government and such demands are equal to challenging the writ of the government,” he said.

He also criticised the role of Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, for convening of a Jurga, and said that the latter wanted to prolong his political career through such actions. He condemned terrorist activities against any Muslim sects, and stressed a need for unity and religious harmony to eradicate sectarianism which has hit the country hard. The government should expose those promoting terrorism by patronising terrorists. On the occasion, PST district patron Hafiz Abdul Ghaffar, Arshad, Ahmad Sipra, Awais Qadri, Shahzad Sarwar, Khurram Shahzad and Shahzadul Hassan were also present.