South Asia

Dialogue with Taliban should have a concrete agenda

At a high-level meeting to review the security situation chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday, there was a consensus among all participants that the dialogue process with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) should have a concise agenda and it should take place under well-defined parameters.

According to an official statement, serious apprehensions were expressed over recent incidents of terrorism, which included a bomb blast at a madrassa in Karachi on Monday, which killed three students and injured over ten others.

The director-general ISI briefed the Prime Minister on measures taken after the recent terrorist attacks and on the overall security situation of the country. Mr. Sharif appreciated the role and efforts of ISI in the protection and defence of the country.

The meeting was attended by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Tareq Fatemi, DG ISI Lt. General Zaheer-ul-Islam and others.

Chaudhry Nisar said during the last meeting between the two committees appointed for the peace talks with the Taliban, it was emphasized that all-encompassing talks would be conducted with the Taliban Shura and it is high time that the dialogue process achieved tangible results.

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