ISLAMABAD - The Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) government is all set to hold All Parties Conference (APC) on Monday (tomorrow) to bring all the stakeholders on the same page vis-à-vis the national counterterror strategy, with special emphasis to rope in various Taliban factions in parleys to help end the blood game in the country.

Sources aware of the developments taking place on this front informed The Nation that broader contours of the strategy was already defined and now the same would be placed before the political parties across the spectrum for its approval or to suggest some addition or deletion from the proposed plan.

The confidence building measures for levelling ground for dialogue with Taliban were already put in motion by the authorities as covert contacts with some powerful Taliban commanders, operating on both sides of Pak-Afghan border, were already established and the release of some Afghan Taliban leaders and the announcement to release another half a dozen on Saturday would definitely serve the cause.

But at the same time the Nawaz government is quite smartly using the carrot and stick policy with giving concession to Taliban factions on one hand while putting its foot down on the other with giving the indication of bringing some stringent measures to quell militants in case of failure of dialogue.

The participation of leadership from almost all the major political parties was on one hand reposing their confidence in the government’s endeavour while on the other it was supplementing Mian Nawaz Sharif’s initiative to bring peace to the country at any cost. The unity among the political as well as military leadership of the country would give a strong message to the militant groups that this time all the major stakeholders are on same page and they all mean business.

The seriousness of the event could be judged well from the fact that Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah had put off his foreign trip while the Awami National Party (ANP) has also refuted the impression being given in some section of media about their abstaining the conference and party head Asfandyar Wali had deputed central party leader and veteran parliamentarian Haji Addel to represent party in the event.

On the direction of the Prime Minister Federal, Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan had personally extended invitation to the heads of various political parties.

The government was previously expected to hold the APC on July 12 to evolve a national strategy to curb militancy and address the overall law and order and security situation in the country. However, it was delayed as the government wanted to hold more consultations to make the event successful. And at the same time PTI Chairman Imran Khan had refused to attend the event and proceeded abroad on a private visit.

Senior military and intelligence officials will also attend the conference to brief the participants about the security situation.

On the directions of the government, the security and secret agencies have also prepared a briefing over the Karachi situation. A question-answer session will be held at the APC after the briefings.

According to sources, Army Chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and ISI Chief Zaheerul Islam will brief the Prime Minister ahead of the APC.