Islamabad: Notwithstanding a brazen terror attack here, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today asked the government-appointed committee to continue the dialogue process with the Taliban to end the decade-long insurgency.
Sharif met with the state negotiators today at his residence here and the committee submitted recommendations to him to resume the dialogue process.
Prime Minister Sharif directed the committee to continue consultations and it was decided that a meeting with the committee nominated by the Taliban will be held in the next few days, media reports said.
A statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office said participants of the meeting agreed that attacks such as the one on a court in Islamabad are harmful for the dialogue process.
Sharif said all efforts should be made for peace as this was a necessity. He added that efforts for permanent peace should continue.
The meeting was held to deliberate on the Taliban’s announcement of a month-long cease fire and the future course of action regarding the dialogue process.
It came a day after a brazen gun and suicide attack on the district courts in the heart of Islamabad that left 11 people, including a judge, dead.
The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan dissociated itself from yesterday’s attack which was later claimed by Ahrarul Hind, a lesser-known splinter group of the TTP.
The Taliban announced a month-long ceasefire after fighter jets and gunship helicopters conducted surgical strikes against militant hideouts in the tribal areas.
The strikes were carried out after 20 Frontier Corps personnel were killed by the TTP despite the ongoing peace talks.
Following the Taliban’s announcement, the government stopped the strikes.