Published Date: Jun 16, 2014
Peace Process and Taliban Negotiations: What Next? – SDPI Press Release
Sustainable Development Policy Institute, held a seminar on the issue of
Taliban negotiations and the recent operation "Zarb –e-Azab" in North
Waziristan. "ANP demands for strict agreements with the people of North
Waziristan", emphasized Senator Afrasiab Khattak. “Our interest is the
state, our mot o is the Quaid’s Moto: Friendship with all, enmity with
none", Said Arifa Khalid. Parliamentarians including Arifa Khalid,
Afrasiab Khattak, Dr.Farooq Sattar, Shazia Murri and Dr. Abid Qaiyum
Suleri participated and chaired the session. While Shakeel Ahmed Ramay,
Ejaz Haider and Malika from PTI, joined in as discussants.
Afrasiab Khattak, mentioned that Pakistan has a history of unsuccessful
agreements and operations, besides there had been numerous violations
of peace agreements. He also highlighted that the Talibanization and
terrorism is not restricted to North Waziristan only, but it is spread
all over the country, especially in the Federally Administered Tribal
Areas (FATA). He proposed that the Pakistan and Afghanistan government
must cooperate with each other to get rid of the Talibanization.
speaking to the audience, Shazia Murri MNA of PPP highlighted ; "We are
struggling with the continuous non implementation of the policies on
National Security." "War on terror is not a local, but a global issue",
she added. Murri challenged the National Internal Security Policy when
she said that, “The information provided inside the policy is incomplete
and it is criminal because this practice is against the constitution.
Sattar, MNA, MQM, pointed out that, "The whole nation is gearing up on
the decision, if Pakistan has to survive as a state, or the survival of
terrorism?" The attack on Karachi airport is a wakeup call, he added. He
emphasized that, “A clear message should be sent out to the terrorists,
for peace negotiations on the table, surrender the arms, and work under
the constitution of Pakistan.” He also brought the fact to attention
that, "Almost one-fourth of Karachi is under Taliban inhibition,
currently running a state under a state. Henceforth, we require a
national counter terrorism policy for Pakistan."
that, "We need a vertical and a horizontal coordination amongst the
agencies, i.e. the provincial governments should be working with the
local governments, where we can give ownership to the citizens. He
proposed that, “An interphase harmony dialogue should take place."
Khalid MNA of PML-N said, Prime Minister. Nawaz Sharif i s trying to
bring everybody on same page and initiate the dialogue.
discussing the issue, Analyst. Ejaz Haider, mentioned that, “the first
problematic premise is to think that, fighting with Taliban is the way
to peace". "There is a dichotomy between talking and fighting,” he
added. According to him, "we have war with Taliban because we were never
able to control them.” He said that, “Taliban is a generic term, and
subsumes multiple groups; therefore it’s not only the counter terrorism
but the urban terrorism."
Malaika Raza, representative PTI, also
added her comments to the discussion, "PTI does not support Taliban or
terrorism, but peace and peace talk. We negotiate peace with our
enemies". She further added that, “We are not anti-operation, but we
emphasize the peace talks first.” While responding to the discussion,
she questioned the government that, “What were the outcomes of peace
talks, and why did the peace talks fail?” According to her, "All the
stakeholders must have been taken on board before initiating the
operation in North Waziristan." She highlighted that, “repeating the
same things like operations, still bring back the same results, then why
not to try peace negotiations this time?”
Dr.Abid Suleri ,
Executive director SDPI, closed the session with a remark on the recent
operation initiated in North Waziristan, when he said, "There seems to
be a political consensus on some basic things between all the political
parties. We are a state and not an anti-state, we have to support our
soldiers fighting in the battlefield, we have to fight a war against
terror to prove that we need peace."
He further added, "We need
to learn from the experiences of Sawat and Mardan, and must have a clear
strategy for the secure inhibition of IDPs. This could be facilitated
by re-fencing the boarders to stop terrorist’s influx into Pakistan."
According to Dr.Suleri, "Government at the large is trying to provide
peaceful conditions, while trying to eliminate the sanctuaries. The
foreign Policy should not provide the opportunity for sectarianism,
because the Talibans are not only those fighting in the battle zones,
but also include the sectarians."