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Terrorism is a national issue: APC joint statement

- February 14, 2013 - Updated 1955 PKT - From Web Edition

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.

Reader Comments
Good job by ANP, PPP, MQM, PML, only peace is the answer for all Pakistanis, TTP are also Pakistanis and they wants respect in our society to bring peace.

Who are these so called leaders trying to be-fool? Pakistani people or the world community? None of them anymore! Truth is these so-called taliban are lawless and illiterate people recruited by leaders of JUI-F group, organized under the umbrella and support of Musharraf in 2001. The ANP was brought into power to clean this mess but unfortunately, their leader flew away to London with one blast!

Lateef Bittani
JI has been instrumental in promoting religious extremism in pakistan since the afghan war. They are not interested in any initiative of the moderate forces to control militancy. May be they dont want to alienate their voters brainwashed for decades with extremist ideologies. Taliban are former afghan jehadis, and still many among them have strong links in jumat islami. So their refusal to attend the conference is understandable, but one fails to understand PTI staying away from it.

Hasina - when the Imran Khan was standing alone - did anyone stand with him? now its all political gimmicks - 5 years samajh nahin and now 5 weeks before election.

Saad Iqbal
Half of the taliban is killing innocent citizens and security forces, and the second half is saying to make peace with taliban. Pakistan is in big trouble.

lets accept the TTP as the true rulers of Pakistan and become the only country in the world that has succumbed to a terrorists organization. shame on ARMY, shame on Govt Of Pakistan and Shame on the politicians who care less about the victimes of more than 40,000 slaughtered.

What about the terrorism of corruption committed against the state by these politicians!!! Do they realize that their corrupt practices have put this country on the road to disaster and even extinction??? Pakistan is more at risk from the activities of the politicians rather than the terrorists!!!!

Munir q
United Kingdom
Its a great effort by the ANP to organize such a conference for the eradication of Terrorism. Shameful for the J.I & PTI, who out of political jealousy and point scoring, did not attend the conference.

Hasina Marwat
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