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Nisar meets governor Centre to consult KP govt on Taliban talks

| By Amir Wasim 2013-11-10
ISLAMABAD, Nov 9: Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said the new strategy on talks with Taliban will be finalised after taking the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa into confidence.

This was stated by the minister during a meeting with KP Governor Shaukatullah Khan here on Saturday.

According to an official handout issued after the meeting by the interior ministry, Chaudhry Nisar and the KP governor exchanged views on the issue of talks with Taliban and reviewed the security situation in the country`s troubled tribal areas, or the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).

`On this occasion, the interior minister vows to take the KP government into confidence while making new strategy on the issue of talks with Taliban that have been stalled due to the recentdrone strike,` it said.

The minister said Islamabad would also take the KP government into confidence on security-related issues and keep it updated at every stage on the progress in the talks with Tehreek-iTaliban Pakistan (TTP).

He said the federal government would assist the provincial government in bringing the people out of the present difficult situation keeping aside political differences.

There was no mention in the handout about whether the minister and the governor discussed the issue of stopping Nato supply.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, whose party heads the coalition government in KP, while taking part in a debate in the National Assembly on the recent drone attacks had declared that his party had decided to stop Nato supply after November 20.

Seeking support for the decision from the PML-N`s government at the centre, MrKhan said the provincial government had decided to block Nato supply at all cost.

During his meeting with the governor, the interior minister also vowed to make the new talks strategy in the light of the ongoing debate on the matter in the National Assembly. The interior minister is expected to wind up the debate in the assembly on Monday.

Protesting over the continued absence of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from the parliament, the opposition parties led by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) have announced that they will boycott the National Assembly session, if he did not come to the house on Monday.

Chaudhry Nisar was of the view that sentiments should be kept at a distance while making decisions at this crucial time. He further said it was not the time for making `useless statements`.

He stressed the need for making decisions and policies keeping in view the larger national interest.