Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif presides over meeting of the federal cabinet later on Friday to discuss the proposed talks with the Taliban and overall security situation in the country, official sources said.

The Prime minister is also likely to take the cabinet ministers on the release of the top Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.

Nawaz Sharif said he will decide timing and procedure for the Taliban leader’s release on his return from official visit to Turkey.

The important issue on the agenda is talks with the Taliban following the unanimous decision by the All Parties Conference.

The Taliban attacks and the killing of senior military officers in Sunday are seen as a serious setback for the peace process. However, the military and civilian leaders are still hopeful the process to go ahead.

The Prime Minister will also apprise the cabinet of his Turkey’s visit and his upcoming trip to the United Nations where he is likely to meet President Barrack Obama and his Indian counterpart, Manmohan Singh.

Meanwhile Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah are scheduled to meet in Islamabad Friday to discuss and finalise the appointment of Chairman National Accountability Bureau.

Syed Khurshid Shah said a consensus has almost been developed between the government and the opposition and the issue will be resolved soon.

The Supreme Court had directed the government to appoint new NAB chief after the removal of Fasih-ud-Din Bukahari by the apex court.

 

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