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January 11, 2013

ANP president urges talks with Taliban

Peshawar

 
January 11, 2013

KARACHI: President Awami National Party (ANP) Asfandyar Wali Khan on Thursday urged the government and state machinery to start a dialogue with the militants to resolve the threats and issue of terrorism faced by the country for the past many years.The nationalist leader has shared his agenda to restore peace in Pakistan and counter the terrorism and extremism in the country.
He was talking to the media at the Mardan House, the house of President ANP, Sindh, Shahi Syed. Earlier, he also chaired a ‘think-tank’ meeting of ANP to review the political situation of the province as well as discussing the party’s progress in Sindh.
The international bodies have started a series of dialogue with the Taliban to stop the civil war in Afghanistan and to restore peace in the country, he said. If, anybody else could take such an initiative, then why not Pakistan, he questioned and added that the country’s sovereignty was being seriously affected due to Taliban’s activity within the country.
In the past, the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had tried to bring the militants for talks and to peacefully resolve the issue but at that time it could not be worked out and all attempts remain fruitless, he further said.
However, he mentioned, Taliban had talked to international communities in the recent past in Paris and conditions are suitable for starting a dialogue with them in Pakistan too. It is the prime responsibility of the statemachinery to eliminate roots of terrorism from the country because the political party could only manage to negotiate, they could not eradicate terrorism alone, he informed. He claimed that terrorists used to plan and execute their immoral activities from FATA.
According to him, there is no writ of government in FATA. The challenges faced by the country are severe and such situation never occurred in the past. Not a single person is safe and secure from the impact of terrorism and each and every citizens of Pakistan

are willing to get-rid of terrorism, he said.
“I can not advice people to surrender weapons, however, I strongly believe that everyone should unite to solve this matter,” he further said. “The terrorists came from different countries and gathered to launch attacks upon Pakistan. If, they could unite for a task, then why should not political parties launch combine efforts against them,” he questioned.
The terrorists have launched numbers of attacks in different parts of the country including civilian and military areas. However, political parties have failed to come up with clear policy in this regard and never adopted strong strategy to counter the situation, he added.
Asfandyar suggested that unanimously recommendations should be passed by all political parties against terrorism and government should implement those advises to counter terrorism in Pakistan.
The ANP has decided to organise the All Parties Conference (APC) which would have only one agenda that is ‘counter terrorism and extremism’, he said. “The ANP is interested in dialogue, however, if this scheme could not work than other options should come under consideration,” he further said.
The nationalist leader added that some people have misconception that militants are only attacking ANP. This is just the beginning not an ending. The terrorists are against the democracy and sooner or later they would launch attacks on every democracy-loving political parties would come under attack, he claimed.
In this scenario the ANP has been organising APC so that political parties could unite for a cause and after discussing the problem bring solution which should be accepted by all political parties, he added.
Replying to a question, Asfandyar said that ANP believes in democracy and would not support any anti-democracy act in the country. “We have struggled a lot to promote democracy so the nationalist party would never become a part of any system which could cause derailing of democracy in Pakistan.”
The changes which brought through non-constitutional process never give good results, he responded to another query. Before presiding over the ANP meeting and talking to the media, Asfandyar called on the co-chairperson of Pakistan Peoples’ Party, Asif Ali Zardari at the Bilalwal House. During the meeting, the nationalist leader told Zardari that the ANP has decided to organise APC and President Zardari along with Bilawal Bhutto Zardari should attend the event. Asfandyar informed the media that President Zardari has accepted the invitation and ensure his participation in the APC.