Peace talks with the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan would succeed and boost efforts at bringing lasting stability to the country, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif hopes.
Direct negotiations would begin in a couple of days, he said on Sunday, without mentioning the venue of the meeting between representatives of his government and the insurgents.
Addressing a ceremony in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, he said: “Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan is working day and night on the proposed dialogue which will take place in a day or two.”
Sharif voiced his optimism the dialogue would end militancy and extremism. “With restoration of peace, we will steer the country to development,” he said, lashing out at military dictators for keeping Pakistan backward.