Despite ceasefire violations, Pakistan reiterates committment to dialogue

Published: August 22, 2013
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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: FILE

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Defense Committee of the Cabinet has restructured the National Security Council to quickly respond to sensitive national issues. The council will enhance coordination between military and civil institutions, Express News reported.

The committee also decided that negotiations with extremists will be conditional and there will be no dialogue until they are ready to deweaponise. The government will fight against extremists refusing to give up their weapons.

The decision was taken in a meeting presided by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Federal Information Minister Pervez Rasheed, Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Asif Sandila, Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Federal Defense Secretary Lieutenant General (Retired) Asif Yasin Malik and other senior civil and military officials attended the meeting.

“India has violated the ceasefire agreement 240 times during this year. Eight soldiers including two officials have been martyred as a result. Continuous shelling has also destroyed numerous houses,” said DGMO in his briefing to the cabinet.

 

Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz further added that Pakistan has protested the line of control violations numerous times. India should respect the ceasefire line agreement and the tensions between the two countries should immediately be resolved.

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  • vasan
    Aug 22, 2013 - 5:06PM

    Isnt this the same thing India keep telling Pakistan, No dialogue till the Pak army (ie extremists’ supporters ) deweaponize their disciples.

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  • ModiFied
    Aug 22, 2013 - 5:10PM

    This approach is bound to fail from start. Extremists know very well that no one will bother to talk to them if they lay down their arms. Moreover, possession of arms has been glorified in Pakistan. I have heard senior retired army officers telling that arms are like ” Mardon ke gehne (man’s jewelry) for Pathans. Talks and deweaponisation has to go hand in hand and not one after another. Most important is to ban/ arrest the ideological masters of these extremists, many of whom move freely in public.

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  • INDIAN SHIA
    Aug 22, 2013 - 5:12PM

    A matured decision taken by Mr Sharif

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  • unbelievable
    Aug 22, 2013 - 5:12PM

    A small detail overlooked in the PM national speech? On the surface it’s a ridiculous demand that won’t go anywhere – Taliban are not going to turn in their weapons especially when they know the military doesn’t have the means nor will to back up their verbal threats.

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  • Zain M
    Aug 22, 2013 - 5:14PM

    A very sensible decision, better late than never. Full support to our forces.

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  • Aysha M
    Aug 22, 2013 - 5:26PM

    Brilliant Mr. Prime Minister, please lead us from the front to uproot TTP for good

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 22, 2013 - 5:29PM

    Perhaps this is the first time in warfare history that losers are demanding from winners to laydown their arms.

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  • Naveed Alam Khattak
    Aug 22, 2013 - 5:38PM

    hahahahahah……… Stupids…. In opposition they were crying for dialouge and PPP were on the other end. now they are on the other end and PPP will oppose it. How long we will continue in this way?

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  • Imran
    Aug 22, 2013 - 5:39PM

    @vasan
    Seems like indian’s are more worried about pakistan than their own country. Dying hard to comment any post on internal affairs of pakistan.Recommend

  • Pindiwal
    Aug 22, 2013 - 5:44PM

    @ Ch Allah Daad

    What happened you are Voted for this guy…You should be proud of him

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  • Jibran
    Aug 22, 2013 - 5:48PM

    Finally exactly the same position as the Previous government on all issues. A big (but welcoming) U-turn by PMLN. I’m happy, but wondering how the PMLN’s rightwing supporters feel.

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  • imran bhatt
    Aug 22, 2013 - 5:50PM

    Is it not the same policy that previous disposition pursued and you ridiculed them during your election campaign? You were elected, as we have been told, to negotiate with our “miss guided brothers of Islam” without any precondition as your vision and their vision of future of Pakistan is identical. Why are you renegading from your election promises?

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  • Jibran
    Aug 22, 2013 - 5:51PM

    Would the extremism factories patronized by Rana Sanaullah in Punjab also be targeted? Or we will just continue taping the problem?Recommend

  • Tahir
    Aug 22, 2013 - 6:06PM

    It’s mean no dialogue. I don’t think they gonna deweaponise. May Allah bless Pakistan

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  • Burjor Rustomji
    Aug 22, 2013 - 6:15PM

    Easily said than done.

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  • A-No.1
    Aug 22, 2013 - 6:26PM

    PM sahib please dont kill the terrorists. Please please talk to them. They are awaiting your signal to drop their weapons and come to the table to talk. After talking to them please induct them in your cabinet and other high posts. Thank you in advance.

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  • Socratese
    Aug 22, 2013 - 6:44PM

    Well done,PMLN has taken a giant step in the right direction.

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  • shar
    Aug 22, 2013 - 6:49PM

    What he is saying is that he will “toe the line like PPP”. He will not go against USA policies because all is ill gotten gains are stashed in UK and US typical crook

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  • PakThinker
    Aug 22, 2013 - 7:18PM

    @vasan:
    Extremist Supporters? Non sense. last time i checked, they were fighting them and suffered 3000 lives of soldiers. Kid talk only what you know now. PS stop trolling on Pakistani sites.

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  • Xnain
    Aug 22, 2013 - 8:23PM

    @vasan:
    Pakistan can also make the same demand, No dialogue till the Indians de-weaponize their lunatic army and BJP

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  • Xnain
    Aug 22, 2013 - 8:27PM

    @Jibran:
    Probably now people should also be ready to take the blow back of an action against the militants. If someone goes left, we criticize, If someone goes right, we do the same.As a nation we are genetically programmed to be a critic.

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  • v s sampathkumar
    Aug 22, 2013 - 8:36PM

    @IMRAN
    Correct. Although Indians are concerned, they should know where to comment and not to.

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  • Last Word
    Aug 22, 2013 - 8:39PM

    A wise move by the Pak PM to counter the TTP in their own game of putting difficult conditions or cancelling talks on one pretext or the other. Nevertheless, the state should now show resolve and be prepared to meet the violent reaction after this statement.

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  • Muneeb
    Aug 22, 2013 - 8:40PM

    @Imran, Indians have 42% of their countrymen living below global poverty line,but it appears after coming across their comments on every news concerning PAKISTAN that Pakistan is responsible for their misery. We are a global shithole of terrorism, that is alright, we deserve the economic strife we are in, what’s with the poverty in India? LeT? lol

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  • gp65
    Aug 22, 2013 - 8:45PM

    EIther one extreme or another. I have never seen deweaponisation as a condition for talks though I have seen ceasefire as a condition for talks. You can ask them to refrain from any further attacks while you are negotiating but to say that tehy deweaponise before you can talk means that there can be no talks.

    Obviously each side can have some preconditions and it might have made more sense had Nawaz asked TTP to recognize Pakistani constitution as a precondition for the talks. But the current condition makes no sense.Recommend

  • anonymus
    Aug 22, 2013 - 8:51PM

    There was a need for a road map to talks with TTP. How can they disarm and then talk.Talks were meant to disarm them.

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  • saeed
    Aug 22, 2013 - 8:52PM

    It took them a lot of time to understand Musharraf’s point of view. At last, now they agree with Musharraf’s thinking.

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  • np
    Aug 22, 2013 - 9:24PM

    Wow – ET retained the comments and changed the entire newsitem, so that none of the comments make any sense any more. The original article talked about Nawaz demanding that TTP deweaponise before Pakistan talks to them. This newsitem refers to India-Pak LOC issue.

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  • sabi
    Aug 22, 2013 - 10:30PM

    @gp65:
    ”You can ask them to refrain from any further attacks while you are negotiating but to say that tehy deweaponise before you can talk means that there can be no talks”.
    Absolutely correct and politicians at the helm of affairs know well fallacy of this rhetoric but to appease misguided public,not aware of science of politics,such statements are political compulsions and you have rightly understood that there will be no talks infarct-Good news!

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  • Aug 22, 2013 - 10:47PM

    Good Decision taken by Mr. Nawaz Sharif, He is always stand right for his nation and Allah may give him the more ability to take more good decision for the development of my beautiful nation & State.

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  • Overseas Pakistani
    Aug 23, 2013 - 12:12AM

    What a shame, Overseas Pakistanis are hearing that it is India committing atrocities in J&K, it is India who is blaming Pakistan (once again without proof), yet it is Nawaz Sharif’s government which wants a dialogue with India. This man has no pride,all Overseas Pakistanis know that; but now he is forcing the proud people of Pakistan to kowtow before aggression and cruelty

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  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Aug 23, 2013 - 3:11AM

    A prime example of doublespeak:
    “The government of Pakistan believes that the dialogue process must continue. Suspending the dialogue or slowing it down does not serve the peace process.” Aug 22, 2013http://tribune.com.pk/story/593772/loc-violations-matter-of-grave-concern-fo/

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    http://tribune.com.pk/story/593717/no-dialogue-till-extremists-deweaponise-says-defence-cabinet-committee/

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  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Aug 24, 2013 - 11:33AM

    But never expect any positive change or response in Indian leadership’s attitude regarding Pakistan even on LoC……..

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