Dialogue for peace: ‘Talks with Taliban only way to end terrorism’

Published: September 22, 2013
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"More than 40,000 Pakistani soldiers and policemen have lost their lives in this war," Punjab Governor Chaudhry Ghulam Sarwar. PHOTO: FILE

"More than 40,000 Pakistani soldiers and policemen have lost their lives in this war," Punjab Governor Chaudhry Ghulam Sarwar. PHOTO: FILE

BAHAWALPUR: 

“The government is clear about holding talks with the Taliban. The army and the political parties too have agreed to it,” Punjab Governor Chaudhry Ghulam Sarwar said on Saturday.

He was talking to the media at former union council nazim Qayyum Azam’s residence in Bahawalpur.

Sarwar said dialogue was the only way to resolve the issue. “We expect the Taliban to agree to it,” he said.

The governor said the government was against drone strikes on Pakistani soil. “More than 40,000 Pakistani soldiers and policemen have lost their lives in this war. Yet the International community does not fully recognise our sacrifices,” he said.

Sarwar said support for terrorism would not be tolerated at universities. He said strict action would be taken against those found illegally living at hostels.

He said education, health and restoration of peace were the top priorities of the provincial government.  He said the government was using all available resources to change the police culture.

Sarwar said a board had been constituted to introduce a single syllabus at schools. He said an initiative had also been taken to establish a sub-campus of Islamic University, Bahawalpur, in Hasilpur tehsil.

“We are introducing a special programme for teachers’ training with help from the British government…Steps are also being taken to improve the educational standards at Aitchison College, Lahore, and Sadiq Public School, Bahawalpur,” he said.

Sarwar said safe drinking water would be provided to 100,000 school children by the end of this year.

The governor visited the Sheikh Wahan Sharif mosque. He also met the divisional and district administration officials at the Bahawalpur Circuit House.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 22nd, 2013.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Babar Shameem
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:07PM

    Those favoring dialogue with the Taliban are admitting defeat and succumbing to the demands of Taliban. What’s there to negotiate? Sharia enforcement across the country, as defined by them? Stepping back into the Stone Age where the Taliban seem to be comfortable in operating?

    What cowardice, what belief system is compelling our illustrious leaders (Sharifs, Khans, and others) to make peace with killers?

    Shame on them. Pakistan’s present and future is NOT in good hands.

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  • hassan
    Sep 23, 2013 - 1:22PM

    Talks with the Taliban are the only way forward.

    Anyone who has studied in a school knows that it is sensible to be in the good books of the class bully. If you do his homework, he will be always there for you, for any help.

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Sep 28, 2013 - 7:49AM

    Talk with Taliban will never be successful due to several reasons . War is the only way ahead .

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  • Touseef
    Oct 1, 2013 - 11:46PM

    Yesterday people endorsed PML N & PTI through their votes today same voter are against peace talk with taliban. What a confused nation.

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