Washington, May 30 : The US must understand the nuances of the prevailing situation in FATA where the NWFP government has entered into a peace deal with the pro-Taliban militants and announced ceasefire in return to militants' promise of not carrying out any attacks on civilians, said an editorial published in the Washington Times.
"It must understand the differences between the many actors in this very important drama," said the editorial.
The newspaper carried an interview of PPP Asif Ali Zardari where he says: "The Government of Pakistan will never negotiate with terrorists, but we fully intend to engage tribal leaders who have been abandoned by the previous government and have been co-opted by extremists by coercion. We will engage them on the condition that they yield their arms and cease their attacks on the Pakistani military and on NATO and Afghan troops in Afghanistan. There will be zero tolerance for terrorism anywhere. We have tried confrontation; we have tried battling them; we have also tried ignoring them. It is now time to engage them."
Zardari said that for much too long the US viewed South Asia through "very myopic, short-term glasses."
On the question of the restoration of the sacked judges, Zardari said: "Both the PPP and the PML-N want the restoration of the judiciary as it existed before emergency rule was imposed by President Pervez Musharraf. The PML-N wants it done by decree, and my party wants to accomplish the restoration as part of a significant judicial reform legislative package that will totally modernise and liberalise the structure of civil society in Pakistan. We expect that the National Assembly will consider and enact this comprehensive judicial reform package before the end of June."
As for differences that have cropped up between the PPP and its coalition partner the PML-N, Zardari said, "The coalition has some internal dissonance, but that is the nature of democratic debate. The PML-N is still in fundamental agreement with the major initiatives and thrusts of the government. I think people have also misunderstood the level of disagreement on the judges' issue."