Analysts and politicians discuss the government-Taliban peace talks.
The Taliban-nominated committee for peace talks has made its first contact with Taliban leadership. The committee will now brief the government committee about its deliberations with Taliban leaders. Maulana Sami-ul-Haq‚ a member of the Taliban’s committee‚ says the negotiations with Taliban were positive.
Speaking in Nuqta-e-Nazar programme of Radio Pakistan’s News and Current Affairs Channel‚ ANP leader Mian Iftikhar Hussain said it is a good if Taliban accept the 1973 Constitution and the Parliament of Pakistan. He said if government does not make the process public‚ it should at least keep Parliament abreast with the talks. The Parliamentarians should be kept informed of the development at the talks at camera session. Mian Iftikhar said
Taking part in the programme‚ Prof. Dr. Shaheen Akhtar‚ a political analyst‚ said overall environment seems to be good for talks. Stability in Pakistan is also in favour of Afghanistan. He said any agreement outside the Constitution of Pakistan will be difficult to implement. “Despite failure of talks with Taliban in the past‚ I am hopeful that this time talks will be successful when foreign troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan‚” he added.
PML-N leader Siddique-ul-Farooq said: "Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is trying its best to settle issues within the constitution of Pakistan. It is good that two members of Taliban Committee Maulana Sami ul Haq and Professor Ibrahim have given some positive signals.” He said the Prime Minister should not be held responsible for war against terrorism because it was started by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf‚ who had abrogated the constitution of Pakistan.
PPP leader Faisal Karim Kundi said his party empowered government in APC to hold talks with Taliban‚ but the govt took six months to initiate the process. “Our prayers and good wishes are with the government and we want peace. We do not want a military operation in Waziristan‚” he said.
Speaking in the programme‚ Asma Ihsan‚ a PTI leader‚ said her party supports the govt-Taliban dialogue. “We support Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in this regard. I do not think without elimination of terrorism‚ Pakistan can move towards peace and development.”
She said the priority of the Taliban should be peace‚ after which government and Taliban can negotiate other demands within the constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. She clarified that Imran Khan does not represent Taliban‚ but the government and said the issue of terrorism should be resolved as soon as possible
Jamaat-e-Islami [JI] leader Fareed Ahmad Paracha‚ while participating in Nuqta-e-Nazar‚ said a JI member‚ Professor Ibrahim‚ is actively taking part in the peace process. He said enforcement of Shariah is guaranteed in the Constitution of Pakistan. “In my opinion‚ 1973 Constitution of Pakistan is Islamic. We should be positive and expect the success of the talks for the betterment of Pakistan.”