ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is making efforts to resume Afghanistan-Taliban talks that were sabotaged following the revelation of the death of Mullah Omar’ in July, Advisor to PM on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told the Senate. Advisor to PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz while presenting report on the death of former Taliban chief Mullah Omar to the Upper House of the Parliament said “Pakistan had contradicted the news that Mullah Omar died in a hospital in Karachi two years ago. The news surfaced just two days before the second round of reconciliation talks between Taliban and Afghanistan,” he said.

He further said that the son of Mullah Omar in a recent statement said that his father died in Afghanistan and was buried there which vindicates Pakistan’s stance on the issue. Aziz was presented the report on the query of Senator Farhatullah Babar who questioned as to why Pakistan remained silent on the news that raised many questions.

Earlier, opposition lawmakers taking part in the special motion on the eve of International Day of Democracy viewed that political parties would have to unite to save democracy. Usman Kakar said that feudalism, terrorism and sectarianism were hurdles in the way of a democratic Pakistan. Hasil Bazenjo said that the talk of town is that the COAS was running the country which was the same during the time of the former COAS Ashfaq Pervez Kayani.

“This is because we have failed to deliver,” he said. Noman Wazir of PTI said that it was sad that military rulers had to take over for a number of times but politicians were responsible for bringing the country to that situation that invited dictators. Saeed Ghani said that roots of terrorism, sectarianism and extremism could be found in dictatorship. Zafar Iqbal Jhagra of PML-N said that there was no challenge to democracy with respect to civil military relations. Leader of the Opposition Aitzaz Ahsan asked for self–accountability and corruption free system to administer real democracy.

Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani in his remarks said that there was a clear disconnect between the Parliament and the poor working class and because of that people do not come to save the system when its under threat. He said that they would have to end this disconnect to save the system. He said that Article 6 of high treason had become redundant to save the system and only masses could save it.

Chairman Senate deferred the issue of admissibility of adjournment motion of Senator Farahatullah Babar about the statement of former climate change minister Senator Mushahidullah Khan that former DG ISI devised a policy to overthrow the government. Rabbani questioned Babar whether the political statement of a member of house given outside could be considered as adjournment motion for discussion. “It is not the matter of statement of the member of the house, the issue should be taken in a broader sense because it apparently looked that there was a disconnect between civil and military leadership,” Babar said. He said that the issue was the involvement of security establishment in the political re-engineering of the country.

The issue came into light during last year of protest sit-ins in front of the Parliament. Rabbani said that everyone knew that there was civil-military disconnect but it should be addressed in a different mediums. He deferred he matter for another day on the request of Leader of the Opposition Aitzaz Ahsan and asked Babar to come with solid points in favour of his motion today.

Sartaj Aziz has appreciated the role of World Food Programme (WFP) in assisting the Pakistani government to cater to the food and nutrition needs of the people.

Talking to WFP Executive Board delegation led by Samuel Beever, President of WFP Executive Board in the Foreign Office, Sartaj Aziz stressed the need for expanding WFP’s existing profile in Pakistan by moving towards development operations and prioritising the strengthening of Pakistani institutions through capacity building and technology transfer, apart from meeting the essential food needs of temporarily displaced persons.

The 6-member delegation is visiting Pakistan from 6-15 September 2015 to see the implementation of WFP projects in the field thanked the Government of Pakistan for its support and facilitation for the WFP programme in the country. They acknowledged Pakistan’s contribution to WFP as one of the largest host donor.