Islamabad - Interior Minister and Ch Nisar Ali on Friday said dialogue process with Taliban could not move forward amid ‘needless rhetoric’.
"At the start, there were people who were opposed to the dialogue process and we listened to them and tolerated them as it is part of democracy," he said, adding now even those who were supporters of dialogue were showing contradiction in their stance.
Talking to newsmen at Nadra Headquarters here after signing MoU between Nadra and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for setting up of Citizen Facilitation Centres, he said dialogue process was a sensitive and complex issue but every day contradictory statements were being made about it. He said he would tell the prime minister that in the prevailing atmosphere of strain, the dialogue process could not be taken forward.
Those who were supposed to assist in the dialogue process were making one statement at indoor meetings and saying something else at the public meetings, he remarked, in an apparent reference to Taliban named team of mediators, which is being lead by Jamiat Ulema Islam-Sami (JUI-S) chief Samiul Haq and includes Jamat-i-Islami leader Prof Muhammad Ibrahim.
The minister however insisted there was no deadlock in talks at any stage. He said he wanted that the next meeting of the Taliban-government committees should be decisive and both sides should put their complete agendas on the table. "There is no hurdle from the government or the army in the dialogue process. The government is serious in this matter and there is no delay from its side." he noted.
Nisar said it had been said by certain quarters on the issue of release of prisoners that the army was not supporting it. He explained that the prisoners who were released earlier were in the control of army, which decided who were non-combatants and should be released. About civil-military relations, he said the situation is normal at present as it was in the past.
Nisar pointed out that after the announcement of ceasefire for the first time two months ago there had been decrease in violence. There was a time when five to six bomb explosions were taking place every day but now many days pass without any major militant incident.
The minister said dialogue process was the only way to handle these matters and there had been positive progress, which led to reduction in violence. He was of the view that because of the whole process, contacts have been established with Taliban and the government came to know about their thinking, views and demands. Nobody initiated dialogue in the last 12 years.
About Nadra, Ch Nisar said the authority earned a profit of Rs1.3 billion in three months and it had been put in the right direction through many changes in the last eight months. More than 350 ghost employees were identified, he said, adding now transparent online tests would be held for posting of Nadra employees abroad. In the past such postings were made in violation of rules and on the basis of nepotism, he said, adding that a committee would appoint the new Nadra chairman in accordance with the relevant ordinance.
Earlier, Nadra and government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa here on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding for setting up of Citizen Facilitation Centres in KP. Nadra Chairman Imtiaz Tajwar and KP Chief Secretary Amjad Ali Khan inked the MoU in presence of Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Nisar Ali and KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak at Nadra Headquarters. Before the signing ceremony, the minister was briefed about the project.
Nisar said he was extremely happy at the collaboration between a federal organisation and the provincial government. He said, "The federal and provincial governments will continue to meet their constitutional and legal obligations and help each in projects, which is sign of maturity." The governments of Sindh and Punjab had signed MoUs with Nadra for computerised registration of arms, he said, adding similar MoU with Balochistan would be signed. He said Nadra would work as a national institution and not as a political tool as was done in the past.
KP CM Pervez Khattak told that in the first phase three facilitation centres would be established in Peshawar, adding that in future, these centres would also be used for disbursement of zakat and pension and more facilities would be added to make life easier for citizens. Through this MoU, the KP government would develop Citizen Facilitation Centres (CFC) at all the divisional headquarters.
The provincial government will provide established structures and premises while Nadra will furnish the buildings with furniture and necessary IT and communication infrastructure. The centres will provide civil registration including birth, death, marriage and divorce registration, CNIC processing, domicile issuance and utility bill collection facilities. However, more provisions will also be kept to include any other facilities by federal and provincial governments at later stage. At certain centres, the utility companies will also be asked to post a representative along with their requisite systems to entertain public complaints and address public grievances through one stop shop concept.