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PML-N calls Pakistani Taliban for peace talks

Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan News :  Pakistan’s prime minister-elect Nawaz Sharif Monday called for peace talks with Pakistani Taliban militants at war with the government.

Speaking to the newly elected members of national and provincial assemblies belonging to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), he said that Taliban offers to talk should be taken seriously.

Sharif said the practice of toppling elected governments through street violence and agitation must be stopped now.

The PML-N chief said the federation will extend an all-out support to Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), given they show resolve to eradicate terrorism and control the prevailing unrest in Karachi.

He said the PML-N respects mandate of other parties and they have the right to form governments in their respective provinces.

Sharif’s party won a resounding victory in the May 11 national election and is set to form the country’s next government.

“The first 30 days in government will show the nation our direction,” said Sharif.

Sharif has pushed for talks with the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP) in the past, but this is the first time he has done so publicly since the election.

The Taliban has been waging a bloody insurgency against the government for years that has killed thousands of security personnel and civilians. – AP

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