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Pakistan says framework ready for talks with Taliban

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Sep 11, 2013 at 12:53pm IST

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Islamabad: Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that the framework for holding talks with the Taliban was ready and there was no foreign pressure for this.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Nisar said it was the unanimous decision of all political parties and military leadership to hold talks with the Taliban in the best national interest.

"It is our own decision. The draft for the talks is ready, however, I cannot share its details. We will keep you updating and share information as the talks progress," said Khan.

Pakistan says framework ready for talks with Taliban

Pakistan's Interior Minister said the decision to hold talks was the unanimous decision of all political parties and military leadership.

"Nothing will be concealed from the nation."

Nisar said the security issue was a very sensitive matter as many hidden forces did not want peace in the country.

Highlighting the importance of the media's role in the present scenario, he said it should be more responsible while reporting on security issues, especially talks with the Taliban, as unauthentic news items could sabotage the entire process.

The media has an important role in consolidating the dialogue process, he added.

He said it was encouraging that the Taliban has also reciprocated the government's gesture.

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