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Major (Retd) Amir separates from dialogue process

29 April, 2014

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ISLAMABAD: Major (retd) Amir on Monday decided to dissociate from the process although he was not a regular part of the government committee and as such his decision may not have any immediate fallout.

Major (retd) Amir was part of the four member committee nominated by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to initiate the dialogue process with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

While talking, after issuing a brief statement to the media, Amir said, "I sincerely feel that my decision would disappoint the TTP, the PM, interior minister and the talks committee all of whom were serious in favour of negotiated settlement but I was left with no option but to take it without talking to anyone of them. I am broken hearted today as I do not see the seriousness which was required in such talks."

Senior Vice President of PML-Q Ajmal Khan Wazir said, "It appears Amir has also judged the talks were deadlocked due to various reasons and do not look to be treading towards a sure success."

He said the big hurdle in release of TTP prisoners is that all of them were not "noncombatant" and the military is not ready to allow their release. For instance, he said the list include renowned Swati militants like Muslim Khan and Mehmud Khan, etc., who were caught during the infamous insurgency in the valley.

He dismissed as baseless the notion that dissociation of Amir would affect the ongoing talks process in a big way as he was not a member of the four-member official committee. "The TTP intermediaries had failed to go into the tribal areas to get the demands list from the outfit's Shura as was decided in the last Saturday's joint meeting of two committees with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar," said Amir.

He added, "Instead, they started giving an impression in the media that the government had failed to meet any of the TTP demands." He said the fact is that the TTP representatives were busy in getting maximum benefits from the government. He said if the TTP blamed the government for not releasing its men, it has also failed to set free the noncombatant persons as pointed out by the government.

Amir, a close confidante of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, was the main architect of initiation of talks and remained an active part of the process for about three months. He was too much disappointed by the attitude of the intermediaries who created doubts with regard to the process and Prof Ibrahim Khan's statement that appeared in a section of the press with regard to Gen Musharraf's possible exit adding fuel to the fire.

A source said the former ISI official was unhappy over dropping of his name from the second official committee although he was asked to remain part of negotiations process, after being given a cold shoulder in selection as governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


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