LAHORE - Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid on Friday expressed the hope about positive outcome through the process of talks with Taliban and said that the nation should also be optimistic in this regard.

He said we expect good and positive results from dialogue as we want peace in the country.

Talking to media at the inaugural session of the “Regional Conference on Torture” at a local hotel, the Minister said, “We should not complicate the matter with undue speculations on the dialogue process.”  He said that the Prime Minister has appointed Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan as focal person for the process of dialogue which was on.

To a question on the missing persons, he said all institutions were on the same page on the issue and there was no difference in this regard.

He appreciated role of the judiciary in the State affairs and said all organs of the State were also on same page on the issue.  The Minister said a case had been instituted against an official which was a clear indication that misuse of power was not tolerable.

On the yet-not made appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC),  he said  that the government was in consultation with the Opposition Leader in this behalf. As to filling in of the vacant seats at the top level of the federal departments, he said, the vacancies will be filled in within 30 days.

He said the government was answerable to the nation and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has deputed a senior bureaucrat on the matter.

About law and order in Sindh, the Federal Minister said deplorable incidents were not restricted to Pakistan only but they take place all over the world.

About the conference he said the delegates from India, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Tajikstan had come to attend the event which showed threat was common and that was why the United Nations and the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) passed laws on torture and violence.

About the Pak-India cricket fixture in the T20 ICC World Cup, Pervaiz Rashid said that he was a staunch supporter of the Pakistan team and would support it whether it won or lost against the arch rival.

He said that the government was making efforts to restore cricket at all play grounds where this game had been suspended for many years due to law and order.