Nawaz Sharif Thursday said his government was sincere about holding peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban,

Oct 14, 2013| Courtesy by : Dawn.com

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Thursday said his government was sincere about holding peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban, after rebel chief Hakimullah Mehsud complained no serious steps had been taken to open a dialogue.
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Speaking after a security meeting in the troubled northwestern city of Peshawar, Sharif said progress was being made on the issue of opening negotiations.

The premier was accompanied by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Information Minister Pervez Rashid and his Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on the occasion.

Bomb attacks have also hit all four provincial capitals and Bannu district in Pakistan killing ten, wounding more than 60 on Thursday.

His statement came a day after the broadcast of a BBC interview in which Mehsud said he was ready to sit down for talks but the government had “not taken any serious steps.”

Alleging the government for not being able to take any substantial step towards peace talks, Mehsud said his Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) outfit would not hold dialogue (with the government) through the ‘media.’

“The government is sincere about solving the issue of terrorism through talks with Taliban,” Sharif told the meeting in Peshawar.

“We are seriously implementing the decision jointly taken by the All Parties’ Conference (APC) for dialogue with Taliban.”

The prime minister deplored that the previous regimes did not take the matter of terrorism seriously. “Had this problem was taken seriously by the previous governments, the situation would not have gone intractable today, he added.

– AFP/APP/Dawn.com