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Pakistan interior minister defends talks with banned terror group TTP

Pakistan’s Inside Minister Sheikh Rashid has defended the federal government’s transfer to carry talks with banned terror group Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) for “reconciliation”, saying the negotiations are for “good Taliban”.

Rashid’s remarks got here after Prime Minister Imran Khan in an interview with Turkish government-owned TRT World news channel revealed that his authorities was in talks with the TTP with the assistance of the Taliban in Afghanistan, drawing criticism from politicians and victims of terrorism.

The TTP, generally often known as the Pakistani Taliban, is a banned terrorist organisation primarily based alongside the Afghan-Pakistan border.

Defending the federal government’s transfer, the minister stated the supply was not for militants who had been liable for bloodshed within the nation, together with the December 2014 bloodbath within the Military Public Faculty (APS) in Peshawar which left over 150 individuals lifeless, Daybreak newspaper reported.

“We all know very properly who’s good and who’s unhealthy. Anybody who thinks we aren’t conscious of that, he’s mistaken, he doesn’t have sense,” he stated.

The supply of talks was just for “good Taliban” and negotiations on this had been going down on the “highest-level,” he stated.

He maintained that it was not acceptable to combat with those that have surrendered to undertake peaceable lives.

“The case of those that had been concerned in incidents just like the APS is totally different. And the case of those that left the nation for various causes is totally different,” he stated on Friday whereas responding to a query in regards to the benefit and mechanism of talks with the TTP.

“We’re not surrendering to anybody and this course of is at a really early part. Nobody wants to leap to conclusions at this stage.”

Prime Minister Khan on Friday provided amnesty to the TTP offered the militant organisation lay down arms, disclosing that the federal government was holding talks with some teams of the outfit in search of reconciliation.

The disclosure attracted a powerful response, primarily from the opposition Pakistan Peoples Social gathering (PPP), which questioned the transfer to carry negotiations with the TTP with out taking Parliament into confidence, arguing that it will solely add to the ache and grief of the households of the martyrs.

The TTP has been concerned in varied assaults in Pakistan for greater than a decade which killed hundreds of individuals. The federal government is now making an attempt to make use of the affect of the Afghan Taliban over the TTP to succeed in a peace deal and finish violence.

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