ISLAMABAD: Showing his unwavering resolve to continue pursuing the peace process, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has agreed to the government committee’s proposal of getting the military authorities directly involved in the dialogue process under his own supervision.
Sources said that the government committee has recommended to the government that the prime minister should now get the military directly involved in the peace process with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan acting as the focal person and the premierpersonally monitoring the whole process.
Following the prime minister’s nod, the government committee would now meet the Taliban committee and discuss the same proposal because without making the army and the TTP sit face to face, no real progress is expected.
Referring to the unilateral ceasefire announced by the TTP for the first time in the last many years, the government committee was of the view that the two committees had done what they were supposed to do.
For further progress in a tangible manner, the committee members recommended to the prime minister to get the military involved.However, they suggested that the prime minister should continue monitoring the process whereas the interior minister should act as the focal person. The engagement of the army in the peace process would be the crucial phase of the dialogue process.
The PM agreed to the committee’s proposal but wanted the two committees to continue till the engagement of the actual parties. The committees, which had played an extraordinary role in getting the ceasefire announced, are still considered crucial because they have to bring the two sides face to face.
The sources said that the prime minister remains determined to pursue the option of dialogue and believes that despite all sorts of challenges, this is the better option to focus on.Regarding the Monday’s terrorist attack in Islamabad, the committee members inquired from the prime minister and the interior minister, who was also present in the meeting. They were told that though the security and law enforcing agencies have yet to determine who was behind it, there was no hint about the involvement of the TTP.
However, the government expects from the TTP to condemn such terrorist acts.About Ahrarul Hind, which has claimed the responsibility, the security agencies do not know much. From where does it operate, who finances it, etc. are questions that remain unanswered.
Nawaz Sharif said in the meeting with the government committee that establishing peace and stability was the first priority of the government. He said efforts would be made at every level for the realisation of this objective.
Earlier‚ the government committee met in Islamabad to review the tragic incidents of Islamabad and Khyber Agency following the announcement of the ceasefire by the TTP. The committee declared that continuation of such incidents after the announcement of the ceasefire would harm the dialogue process.