Dialogue With Taliban Must Go ForwardBy Faiza Iqbal • Sep 17th, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look • 13 Comments
Both PTI and PML-N have the mandate from the people to hold talks with the Taliban militants. Just three months ago, people voted them in the restive and FATA-facing province KPK so that peace could be brought in. Even the United States has been facilitating Taliban in Qatar for talks, so why can’t we who are in direct line of fire?
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan has expressed grief and sorrow over the killing of a two-star general of Pakistan army, a senior officer and a soldier in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack claimed by the banned outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Upper Dir. This is yet another reminder that only talks are the way out of this mindless bloodshed. How long would we be getting our soldiers and civilians wasted?
From both sides, ceasefire is the first step. My hunch is that Taliban militant shura which met recently in reply to government’s offer of negotiations wasn’t on board for these upper Dir attack, and then they just adopted it for the sake of pressure tactic. These attacks have been carried out by the Fazlullah group of Swat, which is right now based in Afghanistan. Our military and the politicians must not let this incident hamper the talks.
All parties conference approved of the talks and talks should be held. It is crystal clear that enemies do not want the state of Pakistan to hold conclusive peace talks with the militants. All the so-called liberal fascists are out there on TV and newspaper urging the government to forget talks and strike down. If you closely check, all those who are opposing are either atheists, secular, liberals, or some foreign breed things. These people forget that striking is what we have been doing for the last decade with no use.
It’s about time that we stop this madness and provide relief to our people.