#TheNews: Talks with the Taliban should be held and the process should not come to an end. Dr @AamirLiaquat in ‘Capital Talk’
Wednesday, November 06, 2013

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that they have given deadline of November 20, if the government does not move forward, people would block Nato supply line jointly with political and religious forces. He added that 80 percent of the Taliban are not anti-Pakistan and are in favour of talks.

He said this while taking part in a discussion in Geo News programme ‘Capital Talk’ hosted by Hamid Mir. Others who took part in the show were eminent Geo News anchor and religious scholar Dr Aamir Liaquat Hussain and senior journalist Zahid Hussain.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said, “PTI does not aim at point-scoring or embarrassing the government but wants the consensus evolved in the All Parties Conference (APC) to continue. Our role in the APC had been positive and we are cooperating with the government but its policy is still not clear.

The PTI has given the deadline of November 20 to come up with a clearly defined policy and also get an assurance from the US that in case our talks with the Taliban kick start it would not sabotage peace process by launching drone attacks. If the government does not move forward, the people will gather all political and religious forces to halt Nato supplies. We are as much pained on the death of innocent citizens as we are on the martyrdom of Major General Niazi.

The government does not stand to gain anything by derailing peace talks. We will have to prevail upon the Taliban to end terrorism. Eighty percent of the Taliban are in favour of talks and are not anti-Pakistan. A change of attitude on both sides is urgently required to create a pleasant atmosphere in which talks could move further.”

Dr Aamir Liaquat said, “Talks with the Taliban should be held and the process should not come to an end. Through a drone attack at this critical moment, the US has sabotaged the negotiations. Those who want an operation against the Taliban should think about what would happen if the operation fails. Before the talks Pakistan should have cancelled the announcement of head money for Hakimullah Mahsud. Drone attacks will not end with blocking the Nato supply line. The current drone attacks are not being made with the connivance of Pakistan. The Taliban are Khawarij as all the symptoms of this breed are found in them. They do not consider anyone else as true Muslims and we all are infidels in their estimation. In spite of all that Hazrat Ali (RA) had held talks with the Khwarij.”

Dr Aamir said that Pakistanis have forgotten the martyrs of madaris, mosques, imambargahs and processions. They have forgotten those who were martyred in bazaars and markets. Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) should forget only Hakimullah Mahsud and come to the negotiating table.

“Whether they are called Khawarij or the Taliban does not matter. In any case we must hold talks and only after they fail, the option of operation may be considered.” He appealed to the Taliban that they should not desecrate the holy month of Muharramul Haram and stop their attacks.

Senior journalist Zahid Hussain said that no one has any objection to talks with the Taliban but no one is optimistic about them too. It would be incorrect to say that everything was going on well. Talks should only be held in a dignified manner. He further said that the Taliban have never been keen to hold talks. Talks can be held if the Taliban end terrorist activities.


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