Shah opposes involving army in Taliban talks

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ISLAMABAD

Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly (NA) Khursheed Shah on Wednesday said that it was dangerous to include serving army officials in the peace negotiations.
Talking to reporters outside the NA, he said that any army official is included in such a committee in case of a ceasefire with enemy country after a battle.
He said that the inclusion of such an official in the peace talks would have serious consequences if the negotiations failed.
He said that the army was meant to obey the government orders and involvement of armed forces in peace talks would produce very dangerous results.
The opposition leader said a retired army man could be included in the committee if it was important.
He said that the terrorists had killed more than 60,000 Pakistanis and it would be an irony to see army sitting with them.
He also said that he had no objections to whether the government held peace talks themselves or via interlocutors.