Home Minister Balkrishna Khand who is also looking after the Prime Minister's office during the latter's trip abroad, has said discussions with the Communist Party of Nepal led by Netra Bikram Chand were continuous.

Home Minister Khand said this during a press meet organised at the ministry today.

The prime minister, home minister and law minister were holding discussions with CPN for some time. The CPN had also held discussions with the leaders of other ruling political parties and the major opposition.

Khadga Bahadur Bishwokarma has been assigned negotiator from the CPN.

Minister Khand reiterated that the government was committed to ensuring durable peace in the country by concluding the peace process through continuous dialogue and discussion with all political parties. It was informed at the press meet that homework was under way to withdraw the cases filed against leaders/ cadres of the CPN and release them in a lawful manner.

The homework is being done jointly by the Office of Attorney General, home ministry and law ministry to identify the cases and condition of the detainees, Minister Khand said, adding, "There has been agreement to discuss in a focused way to carry forward the talks."

According to him, the same person has been filed multiple cases - even six to seven. Discussion is therefore zeroing in on how this could be sorted out even as the number of cases is more than the number of inmates. Minister Khand further informed that the government was committed to implementing the three-point agreement the former government had with the party.

"The government wants peace in the country. For it, all parties should join national politics and we need to move ahead as per the constitution.

Dialogue and discussion are the ways," he stressed.

A version of this article appears in the print on October 31, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.