LAHORE - Though the government is under no illusions about who carried out the recent deadly attacks on Army officers and the worshippers at the Peshawar church, it is still committed to implement the APC decisions on holding talks with the Taliban. 

“Only a fresh APC can undo the decisions taken in the last APC mandating the government to tackle the issue of terrorism through negotiations with the Taliban,” Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid told The Nation.

He was asked if there was any change in government’s strategy to deal with the militants after the brutal attacks which have sparked countrywide protests against the banned outfits.

He said that the government had no mandate to deviate from the political consensus achieved in the last APC, and only a new such conference could alter the modus operandi of dealing with the scourge of terrorism.

After the fresh wave of violence in KPK, an impression had been created in the media that the government might review its strategy and launch a military offensive against the Taliban who keep sticking to their policy of targeting the security agencies and the innocent civilians despite government’s resolve to hold talks with them.

This also led PTI chief Imran Khan and JI leader Syed Munawar Hasan to issue statements maintaining that the government would have to convene a new APC if it wanted to try some other option to deal with Taliban.

A clear stance now taken by the government’s spokesperson on the issue in question should be enough to allay the concerns of the two leaders.

Senator Pervaiz Rashid was of the view that the government should be given some time to resolve the issue in the light of recommendations made by heads of different religious and political parties.

“We are facing the menace of terrorism for the last over 12 years and are deeply into it. We have suffered huge losses in terms of men and material. We should show patience to come out of this quagmire,” he maintained.

Asked if there was any development to bring the Taliban on negotiating table, Senator Pervaiz Rashid said it was a sensitive issue and the government could not brief the media on each and every development on daily basis.

To a question, he said the government was under no illusions about who were behind the recent acts of terror in Pakistan.