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Discord between Pak Army, government over Taliban talks

Last Updated: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 21:23

Zee Media Bureau/Tarun Khanna

Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government`s futile attempts to check Islamist militancy have put Pakistan`s Army on a collision course with the former.

Soon after coming to power in May, Sharif had assured control over Islamist militancy through mutual talks. However, as the attacks are still on the talks have not yet begun.

A senior Army officer serving in the strife-plagued Pashtun tribal area along the Afghan border said that the Army Chief disagrees with Sharif on the matter.

The Army, which has ruled the nation for quite a long time, opposes talks with Pakistani Taliban as previous attempts to bring the militants to the negotiating table have yielded no results.

The tension mounted when a roadside bomb killed a general and another officer near the Afghan border while the government was initiating peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban.

Meanwhile, speculations are also rife as to who will replace Army Chief Ashfaq Kayani.

A senior Western diplomat in Islamabad said that Pakistan Army along with others is upset due to absence of strong government move against terrorism.

First Published: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 21:23
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