LAHORE - Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said although the government was in favour of talks with the Taliban, negotiations in the present situation could not be expected to bear fruit.

In a TV programme on Tuesday, he said the killing of many innocent troops and other people during the past few days has vitiated the atmosphere. Talks in the prevailing situation would not succeed, he said.

The Minister said what was going on was a low-intensity war which would intensify and recede periodically.

He recalled that the government was going to hold talks with the Taliban when a drone attack derailed the process.

PML-N Senator Chaudhry Jafar Iqbal said in a separate TV programme that the government and the Army were on the same page. He said efforts were still being made to hold talks with the Taliban.

Responding to a question, Asif said that former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz might become approver against ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf in the high treason case.

Talking to a private TV channel Tuesday, the minister said that the government would not let Musharraf go abroad and bring him to the docks. He also expressed possibility of Shaukat Aziz’s becoming approver in the treason trial against Musharraf and added those who abetted ex-military ruler would also face the law.