‘Afghan peace talks doomed without Pakistan’

Published: October 13, 2010

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani distributes Watan cards among people. Photo: NNI

CHARSADDA: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said on Tuesday that renewed Afghan efforts to make peace with the Taliban and end the nine-year war would fail without Pakistan’s help.

“Nothing will happen without us, because we are a part of the solution, we are not part of the problem,” Gilani said.

The prime minister said that the appointment of Deedar Hussain Shah as the new NAB chief is an administrative issue, not a constitutional one.

Addressing a ceremony after disbursing Watan cards to flood victims in Charsadda, the premier said that the new appointment has been made the same way as transfers and appointments of chief ministers are made in the provinces.

Ruling out mid-term and local bodies polls, the prime minister said that he has been hearing for the last two years that the government is falling but no such thing has happened.

“We are running the government under a lot of pressure. Had it been anyone else, they would not have been able to run the country for more than six months,” Gilani said.

He said that he respects the mandate and appreciates the intelligence of the public, who are the only ones able to bring a change in the system.

“Decisions cannot be made by just sitting in drawing rooms. The people have elected us for five years and we will complete our tenure,” he added, while condemning the unconstitutional steps of former president Pervez Musharraf’s regime of overthrowing an elected government.

He said that historical landmarks such as the 18th amendment, the NFC award and the Aghaz-e-Haqooq package were achieved during the tenure of the current democratic government, adding that PPP has achieved 80 per cent of the objectives listed in its manifesto.

He said that provinces will get their due rights adding that the people of K-P have stood against terrorism and the government will not let their sacrifices go in vain.

“We will work diligently for the flood victims of K-P and play our due role in their rehabilitation,” he said.

He said that the first priority of the government is to ensure health facilities to the poor, adding that through Watan cards they could be provided health insurance.

The ceremony was attended by Chief Minister Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Amir Haider Khan Hoti, Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira, and BISP Chairperson Farzana Raja, among others.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 13th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Oct 13, 2010 - 11:35AM

    I agree with the headings of this news. Yes it is very important for NATO (USA) to take Pakistan on board if lasting peace is required in this part of the world. Pakistan is the main player so without them nothing concrete can be achieved. Both these countries have lot in common on both sides of the border. A consensus is necessary for any future set up. If all parties are really sincere then it can be achieved. There must be no hidden agenda in this part of the world.Recommend

  • Oct 13, 2010 - 11:53AM

    More like part of the problem. What hypocrisy, our headlines condemn every country in the world from intefering in Pakistan’s affairs, and here we are defending the importance of our role in influencing Afghanistan. Recommend

  • Sadia Hussain
    Oct 13, 2010 - 3:00PM

    The success of the military operation in South Waziristan cannot be negated as the area is now being liberated from the Taliban tyranny. It is vital that those who have captured are duly interrogated so that we can have a better understanding of terrorist operations. As it is said try not to hurt anyone while you can heal, so the rehabilitation of former militants is crucial to bring them back in the mainstream society.Recommend

  • SKChadha
    Oct 13, 2010 - 3:47PM

    In August, 2010 news filtered through Pak Establishment that India approached Mullah Baradar of the Afghan Taliban. The period of meeting was reported to be before February, 2010 when ISI arrested him in Karachi. Few of Taliban leaders Abdul Hayee Mutamin, Wakeel Mutawakil and Abdul Salam Zaeef Mutawakil who played a key role in the aftermath of the Kandahar hijack of Indian Airlines flight is reportedly met Indian officials in Middle East in the recent past. This news was interpreted as peace broking by India in Afghanistan. As it involves India, this is not acceptable in Pakistan. Probably this is the precise reason for which Mullah Baradar was arrested as it stalled the Indian peace move on one hand and had as also please US. It is understood that Mullah Baradar is comforting in Pak Establishment. Refer: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/23/world/asia/23taliban.html?_r=1

    It is becoming clear that peace in Afghanistan requires tackling Pakistan’s strategic assets. Pak interference in Afghanistan is probably with motive of having influenced in Afghanistan after departure of US rather than Pak supporting collision forces. Hence, the Taliban factions who desire peace directly with Afghanistan are becoming enemy of Pakistan. This is also one of the reasons which is making Karzai uneasy about Pakistan.

    The protection of Haqqani group inside Pak territory and drone attack by UN & NATO on these targets both support this theory. It may also resulting in conflict between Taliban and Pakistan in which innocent people are losing their lives on daily basis.

    As this game plan is becoming clear in Media, it is making West more uneasy about Pak.The World see this move by Pak as sheltering the Taliban and terrorist, whereas probably for them this is their strategic move. However, in either way it is confusing and harming the Pak citizenry both ways one by Taliban terrorism and two by increasing Drone Attacks. The statement emanating from Mr. Gilani may be a strategic move to maintain Pak’s role in Afghanistan.

    It is upon Pak Media to investigate the issue and make gullible citizenry to understand the real game plan. Recommend

  • ali hamdani
    Oct 14, 2010 - 9:46AM

    The region requires peace talks and also work on tolerance with each other to let the citizens live in calm. If we fight with each other that will only help the terrorist and that is all.Recommend

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