Pakistan's Government Is In Talks With A Terrorist Organisation, Imran Khan Reveals Pakistan's Tehreek-I-Taliban
Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP, is a proscribed terrorist organisation centred on the Afghan-Pakistan border.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has stated that his government is in contact with the proscribed terror organisation Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Afghanistan for "reconciliation."
The Pakistani Taliban, often known as the TTP, is a proscribed terrorist organisation situated on the Afghan-Pakistan border. After taking over Afghanistan in August, there were allegations that the Afghan Taliban had set free some feared TTP terrorists, including Maulvi Faqir Mohammad.
Imran Khan claimed in an interview with the Turkish government-owned TRT World news station that the TTP is made up of many terror factions, some of whom want to negotiate to the Pakistani government for peace, according to Pakistan's Dawn News on Friday.
"As a result, we're in contact with them. It's a process of reconciliation "Imran Khan stated. "Yes, we pardon them and they become normal people," Imran Khan answered when asked if the government was inviting terrorists to lay down their arms. To a question on why the TTP was conducting attacks on Pakistan's security forces when they were in talks with the government, he said it was just a "spate of attacks".
"We might not reach some sort of conclusion or settlement in the end but we are talking," Imran Khan added. Responding to another query on whether the Afghan Taliban were acting as mediators between the TTP and Pakistan, the Imran Khan said: "Since the talks were taking place in Afghanistan, so in that sense, yes." The Taliban swept across Afghanistan in August, seizing control of almost all key towns and cities in the backdrop of withdrawal of the US forces that began on May 1.
Terrorists took control of Kabul, the country's capital, on August 15. On September 6, the Taliban declared victory over opposition forces in Panjshir, completing their conquest of Afghanistan three weeks after conquering Kabul.
The Taliban have formed a hardline provisional "Cabinet" of 33 men and women, none of whom are women, and which includes some UN-designated terrorists. From 1996 to 2001, the Taliban ruled Afghanistan. Earlier in September, Pak President Arif Alvi had suggested that the Pakistani government could consider giving an amnesty to those terrorists of the TTP who had not remained involved in "criminal activities" and who laid down their weapons and agreed to adhere to the Pakistani Constitution.