No harm in talking to Taliban: Nawaz Sharif

Says we have accepted everyone's mandate with an open mind.


Web Desk May 20, 2013
Nawaz Sharif addresses a convention on Monday. PHOTO: REUITERS

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif in his pre-parliamentary address in Lahore on Monday said that if there was an option to talk to the Taliban with the hope of making the country peaceful, they should take it. 

"We have never bad-mouthed anyone in our election campaign," Sharif said in a slight to his opponents, Express News reported. "We accepted everyone's mandate."

"We will help the provincial governments in whatever way, but then there should be an end to the ongoing violence," the prime minister-elect said.

Nawaz said holding negotiations is the only way to effectively solve problems.

"We have lost several lives, our economy is deteriorating... If Taliban offers us an option to have dialogue, we should take it seriously. Why can't we talk to the Taliban to make our country peaceful?"

Working on common agenda

He said that affairs of the country should be given precedence over politics.

"All political parties need to work on one common agenda for the betterment of the country and this is what I reiterated when I went to Shaukat Khanum Hospital (to visit Imran Khan)," he added.

PML-N won the highest number of National Assembly seats in the general elections that took place in the country on May 11, establishing a simple majority in the centre. Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) who won in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in the elections has formed its own government in the province.

COMMENTS (51)

bigsaf | 8 years ago | Reply

@kaalchakra:

You can have your peace talks, but what's unreasonable, if not twisted, is to continue being dishonest, delusional and despicable, claiming these militants who address their grievances by committing zulm against innocents are not unjust. What would be best for Pak is for it not to be betrayed by those who don't even know right from wrong in their religion.

EpicFail | 8 years ago | Reply

Delusional much? When you are bent over backwards, trying to appease the other party and negotiating from a position of weakness, that is called surrender. Or, to be more precise "conditional surrender".

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