LAHORE - JI chief Syed Munawar Hasan has welcomed the government decision to have direct talks with the Taliban and said it is the right path to ensure the success of the talks.
While PML-Q President, Chaudhary Shujaat Hussain has said that he foresees little hope for the success of the peace dialogue and Army representatives should not be included in the negotiations process. Munawar Hasan talking to the media at Allama Iqbal International Airport on Friday on his return from Saudi Arabia said that direct talks between the government and the Taliban were essential for making the process fruitful.
He also urged the Taliban leadership to assist the government in tracing the groups involved in terrorist activities to ensure peace in the area. About Pak Army’s role in the peace talks, he said that Pak Army was an institution working under the elected government and the military establishment services could be utilised for dialogue to bring peace.
Shujaat Hussain has said that he was personally praying for the success of the negotiations but there is little hope for the process success and stressed that Army representatives should not be included in the dialogue. Talking to media at Allama Iqbal International Airport on his return from Islamabad, Shujaat said that he doesn’t think that Army’s inclusion in the dialogue process has been decided as yet.
Replying to a query regarding allegations liquor drinking in the Parliament lodges, PML-Q chief said it was not the question of Parliamentarians being right or not, it was not the time for such things.
He said that lot more was happening in the country, while the liquor was also imported officially.