ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said on Wednesday there should be complete harmony among the whole nation and political leadership, as elimination of every form of terrorism and establishment of peace was collective responsibility.
“Keeping aside all kinds of differences and divides, we will have to strive for achieving peace with full determination,” he said during a meeting with PTI Chairman Imran Khan.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, accompanied by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Special Assistant to the PM Irfan Siddiqui and Political Secretary to the PM Dr Asif Kirmani, upon arrival at the residence of Imran Khan, was welcomed by the PTI Chairman and its senior leaders.
The Prime Minister said he was striving to establish peace without shedding a drop of blood. “For this purpose, we are taking forward the process of dialogue with full resolve and sincerity in the light of decision taken by the all parties conference.”
The committees of the government and Taliban, despite all odds and in a short period of one month, have achieved what could not be done during the last several years, he remarked.
The Prime Minister said all the political parties from within the parliament, or outside should support the serious efforts for peace.
He said,”Since we are now entering the more result-oriented phase of dialogue, we need more unity and harmony.”
The Interior Minister apprised the leadership of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) of the details of dialogue in the second phase. He assured that the government would continue to take all the political parties, including PTI, into confidence in this phase as well.
Extending full support for the government’s stance, Imran Khan lauded the measures taken by the Prime Minister and assured that with regard to the dialogue, the PTI would endorse the government’s strategy in a positive way.
He agreed with the Prime Minister’s view that for vital national objectives, there should be unity among the parties representing masses, keeping the politics aside.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Irfan Siddiqui informed the meeting about the details of dialogue in the first phase.