‘Progress’ in Taliban secret peace talks
December 10, 2013 - 10:08:12 am
ISLAMABAD: While peace remains elusive in the strife-torn Afghanistan, behind-the-scene talks to strike a peace deal have covered ‘considerable ground’, it was learnt yesterday. Officials familiar with secret negotiations among Washington, Kabul, Islamabad and the Afghan Taliban disclosed that there has been considerable progress since Mullah Muhammad Omar authorised his former deputy Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar to initiate dialogue on behalf of the militia. Officials, all of whom spoke on condition of anonymity, said the recent meeting between Mullah Baradar and representatives of the Afghan High Peace Council at an undisclosed location in Pakistan could prove to be a ‘turning point’ in breaking the impasse in the fragile peace process. It is believed that efforts seeking a political solution to the 12-year-old conflict have been stepped up in recent weeks. One senior Pakistani official revealed that more meetings were expected in the coming weeks.
Pakistan NGOs face scrutiny
ISLAMABAD: Non-governmental organisations might always be the first when it comes to blaming the government for not giving people their rights, but they seem reluctant to speak up on a policy designed to regulate their own activities. The federal government has drafted a policy for the ‘regulation of organisations receiving foreign contribution’. This policy aims to tighten the grip over national and international organisations receiving foreign donations in Pakistan. The proposed policy is to remain effective until the government introduces a new legislation.
Oppn leader is PAC member
ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Shah has formally been nominated as member of the all-powerful Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly. Shah has replaced his party colleague Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, who is expected to get chairmanship of one of the standing committees of the National Assembly.