ISLAMABAD: Advisor to Prime Minister on National Affairs Irfan Siddiqui here Thursday said the two member Taliban
nominated committee would give a report about its talks with the Taliban leadership after its return from Miramshah, North Waziristan within two days.
Talking to mediamen, he said the talks had entered a crucial stage and after the report from the Taliban committee, further decision would be taken on how to take forward the talks process.
Irfan Siddiqui said after the report it would be clear, whether Taliban would hold direct talks or they would continue with indirect talks.
Taliban would make some demands and some demands would come from the government, he explained.
The indirect talks between the government and Taliban had regained momentum after crucial meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and PTI Chief Imran Khan.
The Wednesday’s meeting at the Bani Gala residence had been followed by second round of talks between the Taliban committee and the delegation of Pakistan Tehrik i Taliban in North Waziristan.
Before arriving in Miramshah, the Taliban Negotiating Committee met Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali on Wednesday evening to discuss future strategy for peace talks.
Irfan said the first stage of establishing contact with Taliban had been completed despite various hurdles.
He said just one and a half month ago, nobody even thought that there would be so much progress in the negotiation process with Taliban, but the present situation was before everybody and there was hope in efforts to curb terrorism.
Irfan said during the process of negotiations, for the first time two members of the committee met the leadership of Taliban and the points for negotiations were sent in writing.
And Taliban also gave their response in writing which was very encouraging, he said. After the attack on the police bus in Karachi and killing of 23 detained FC personnel, the government made a demand of unconditional ceasefire to Taliban which they did.
He further said after the completion of the first stage, the government’s formed committee, with consensus, requested the Prime Minister to establish a new committee which could take decisions.
Now the government had formed that committee, he informed.
He said Pakistan Tehrik-e-Taliban did not make any demand to lift ban from it, adding, “but if demand like that comes from them, then a decision will be taken with consensus.”