Taliban talks: Opposition decides to boycott National Assembly

Opposition leader says members will not attend sessions until govt takes them into confidence over talks with Taliban.


Web Desk November 08, 2013
Leader of the Opposition Khursheed Shah. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The opposition parties in the National Assembly have decided to boycott the house because of government’s lack of seriousness over important issues particularly the peace process with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Express News reported on Friday.

Speaking to the media outside the assembly building, Leader of the Opposition Khursheed Shah said the opposition members will not attend sessions until the government takes them into confidence over talks with Taliban.

He also stated that now that the TTP has said there will be no talks with the government, the parliamentarians should be apprised of the situation.

Shah further criticised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for only attending a few sessions.

TTP recently ruled out the possibility of peace talks with Pakistan as Mullah Fazlullah, the leader of the Swat Taliban, was named the new chief.

Recent protests

The opposition in the Senate has been boycotting sessions for the last three days after a war of words broke out between Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and a few opposition members over figures of casualties from terrorism.

The opposition wants Nisar to take back his figures and apologise to the house.

Nisar, on the other hand, said the figures he provided were given to him by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and that they are correct.

COMMENTS (10)

asifrayan | 7 years ago | Reply

I Think that talk aboutTaliban is not sign for gov.of pak .Gov .should use their power aginst the TTP .The roots of talibans are very vast and strong there back bone is USA .it is noteasyto root up the talibans .

Muslim Leaguer | 7 years ago | Reply

These opportunists elected as opposition lawmakers are behaving like jokers. If they cannot come to parliament at this critical juncture, they should be suspended forever! They have absolutely no right to boycot on taxpayers money!

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