Nawaz Sharif asks Taliban to join peace talks

Prime Minister will visit Karachi on Tuesday over a federal cabinet meeting

Islamabad: Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif today asked the Pakistani Taliban to join peace talks with his government and “become part of the politics”.
Sharif said that his government wants  law and order situation  in Pakistan and the region.
Briefing to media in London he said his government is serious about the dialogues. He said he had asked Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to engage talks with the Taliban.

Sharif “called upon the Taliban to join the peace process and become part of the political process”, the report said.
On October 26, Sharif had directed Interior Minister Khan to brief all political parties on the progress in the negotiation with the Taliban.
The PM had said that all parties had mandated his government through the All-Parties Conference to hold talks with the militants. The representatives of different political parties should feel part of this process, he said.

PM Nawaz dialogue process came into being after US tour in Washington  last month.

While all parties are in agreement on the talks, no concrete steps have been taken as yet, according to reports.
The government of the restive Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province has expressed its disappointment over the delay and said it might hold talks with the Taliban directly.


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