Shah says easier to negotiate with Afghan Taliban than Pakistanis


ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah Tuesday said the government should hold result-oriented dialogue with Taliban to curb terrorism and restore peace in the country. Speaking to journalists at his chamber in the Parliament House, he said, “There are two types of Taliban: Afghans and Pakistanis. It is easy to negotiate with the Afghan Taliban as compared to the Pakistanis, because there are around 59 groups operating in the country.”

Shah said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government had brought Sufi Muhammad to the negotiating table for 13 times, but all efforts went in vain as many agreements reached in the talks were not even adhered to by the Taliban themselves.

He urged the government to devise a mechanism to check the mushroom-growth of seminaries in the country. “The government will have to take strict decisions to improve the law and order situation in the country. The PPP will support the government in this regard as it has backed the government’s stance at the All Parties Conference (APC),” he added.

NAB Chairman’s appointment

Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah signaled that the matter of appointing Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was in process and would be sorted out by September 16 with mutual understanding of both sides.

Referring to his meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in NAB Chairman’s appointment matter, the PPP leader termed it positive. He denied disclosing the names of the aspirants for the position, given to the government by the opposition.