Carrot-and-stick policy for militants proposed

Intikhab Amir

28 November, 2013 PESHAWAR: A mix of negotiations and force to tame militants and determination to engage with others is the way forward for building peace and reforming institutions in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, according to senior government functionaries.

The advice to apply the stick-and-carrot policy against militants came from none other than Khyber Pakhtunkhwa secretary (home and tribal affairs), while the need to engage with others for taking the ongoing peace building initiatives forward was emphasised by the UNDP country director here on Wednesday.

During the last day of a conference on ‘peace building through strengthening criminal justice system in conflict affected Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: situation analysis, policy assessment and way forward,’ home secretary Akhtar Ali Shah said there was a need to find out all possible means to negotiate with militants since dialogue had been helpful in the past.