ISLAMABAD: The All Parties Conference (APC) called by the Awami National Party (ANP) to discuss the issue of terrorism in Pakistan has stressed that first priority should be given to the dialogue with the Taliban to establish peace in the country.
A joint statement issued at the end of the conference said that militancy was an issue for the entire country not for just one party. The statement further stressed that the elimination of terrorism was essential to ensure prosperity in Pakistan. Furthermore, the issue of terrorism should be resolved according to the law and constitution of Pakistan.
Representatives of political parties attending the conference were also unanimous in stating that the issue of terrorism should be resolved according to the requirements of national sovereignty.
Speaking to the media, ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan said the joint statement would be sent to all institutions of Pakistan. The ANP chief added that Thursday’s conference was the beginning for establishing peace in the country.
Delegations from the PML-N, MQM, PPP, JUI-F, JUP, Pakhtunkhwa MAP, BNP-A, ST, PML-F, Hazara Democratic Party, lawyers’ bodies and parliamentarians from FATA attended the APC. The conference was held two weeks after the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) offered to hold talks with the government if Nawaz Sharif, Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Syed Munawar Hasan acted as guarantors.