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CM wants tribal elders part of new govt dialogue team

Bureau Report 2014-03-12
PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Tuesday proposed inclusion of tribal elders in the government`s team to be tasked with holding dialogue with the Taliban for restoration of peace.

Talking to journalists in his chamber at the provincial assembly secretariat, the chief minister said people of Fata had been badly affected by militancy, so they deserved direct representation in the government`s new negotiation committee.

He reiterated his government`s offer to the Taliban for opening office in the province and said it was ready to facilitate peace process.

Mr Khattak said the Taliban could open their office in the province if they needed and that his government will cooperate with them in this respect. He said there should a specific location for the holding of peace talks and the provincial gov-ernment could help the Taliban for the purpose.

The chief minister said the provincial government had recommended the name of MNA Gulzar Khan and MPA Qurban Ali Khan to the federal government for the new negotiation committee.

The federal government has approved the name of Gulzar Khan, a retired civil servant from Peshawar, for the committee.

Mr Khattak suggested that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor be included in the proposed committee.

He said the existing dialogue committees had completed their task, so the new committee would have to play a role to pave way for direct talks between the government and the Taliban.

The chief minister dispelled the impression that the combined opposition could become a threat to his coalition government and said his government was stable and that PTI had good working relations with Jamaat-i-Islami.

`Don`t worry about friendly fire between PTI and Jamaat-i-Islami, he replied when asked about the JI leaders expressing reservations about the PTPs unilateral decision toend three months long blockade of the Nato supplies.

LEGISLATION: The provincial government on Tuesday tabled two ordinances and one bill regarding regularisation of the renting of buildings, guesthouses and tenants in light of the current delicate security situation in the province.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Hotels Restriction (Security) Ordinance, 2014 was introduced to provide a mechanism for monitoring hotels and guests staying in the said hotels.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Hotels Restriction (Security) Ordinance, 2014 and Tenancy (Amendment) Bill, 2014 were also tabled in the assembly.

Speaker Asad Qaisar presided over the proceedings.

According to the Hotels Restriction (Security) Ordinance`s Section 7(2), owner, the lessee or the manager, as the case may be, shall be required to maintain a computerised database of the guests with the relevant information.

After promulgation of this ordinance, the government shall provide necessary assistance to police for the development of central database of guests in the form of hardware andsoftware at the shortest possible time.

According to the ordinance, any relevant police officer not below the rank of assistant sub-inspector may inspect the guest record of the hotel.

Also, the police officer inspecting may check guests staying in the hotel in the presence of the building owner, lessee or manager.

The Ordinance about Restriction of Rented Buildings (Security) says no landlord, lessee or manager of a private hostel or student hostel, as the case may be, shall not allow any person other than enrolled student to stay therein.

`Private hostels, including those for students, shall maintain complete record of all persons staying therein, as required in Section 3 of this ordinance, and shall produce it to the concerned police when required.

It also says no private hostel or student hostel shall allow any tenant to keep any arm or ammunition, explosive or hate and seditious material, while in charge of the local police station shall be responsible to maintain record of all rented buildings and tenants falling in the jurisdiction of such police stations.