Let it be a fruitful dialogue
Friday, 23 May 2008

Finally the long awaited trumpeted dialogue kicks off. The entire fate of the poll roadmap announced by the government depends on its outcome. We appeal to both the sides to act responsibly this time so that the talks do not fumble and fail leading to stability of the state. The two sides must also know that any failure of the talks will push the country and the nation to the abyss of great uncertainty, even to the extent of endangering its security. The interim government has much greater responsibility in mending fences with the parties as it is firmly and repeatedly committed to the nation as well as the international community to hold the stalled ninth parliamentary election in the third week of December this year. More so because, it has gone beyond its constitutional mandate in running the statecraft and greatly alienated the politicians through pitched crackdown on corruption. Millions across the country had greeted assumption of office by the caretakers in January last year but several of its controversial actions have already eroded people’s confidence on its leadership. Even foreign diplomats are have also become critical of the present caretaker government. Now the level playing field is there with the referee ready to conduct the match. Any boycott of the poll by major parties will result in a situation from which none can possibly escape. After all, people are looking for a fruitful dialogue at any const. If needed, the caretaker government must set up a Truth Commission, as it had planned, to allow the key players to play the ball in the level playing field.

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