LAHORE: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid said on Saturday the dialogue process with the Taliban was aimed at ending the hatred and would continue as “war breeds war and ignites the fire of hatred”.
He said the government believed in the resolution of problems through dialogue despite the loss of around 50,000 civilians and security officials in the war against terror.
The minister was talking to reporters prior to chairing a seminar on human rights here.
About the prospects of talks in the aftermath of Taliban chief Hakimullah Mahsud’s death, he said the government had never thought of halting the dialogue process with the Taliban despite loss of top military officers and brutal incidents like the Qissa Khawani Bazar blast.
Replying to a query, Pervaiz Rashid made it clear that the drone attacks and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s US visit had no correlation. Pakistan and the United States had different view points on the drone attacks.
Regarding blocking NATO’s supply routes as demanded by some political parties, the minister said such steps did not help stop drone attacks in the past.
“The drone-attacks continued even after the previous government cut the supply line in the aftermath of Slala checkpost attack”, he added.
He said there was no such precedent in the past, which supported the idea of blocking NATO supplies to get drone attacks stopped.