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TTP expresses desire to hold serious and meaningful talks

26 January, 2014

PESHAWAR: The banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has again expressed its desire to hold talks with the Pakistani government.

The TTP however demanded of the government to create a conducive atmosphere for talks.

In a statement, the TTP spokesman expressed the Taliban's desire to hold serious and meaningful talks. The statement adds that it is the governments responsibility to create a conducive atmosphere for talks.

The TTP spokesman further added that the government makes statements through media outlets to confuse the public. While the TTP has responded positively to every delegation sent by the government including Maulana Samiul Haq; the government controlled media continued its propaganda against the Taliban, the statement concluded.

Moreover, in a statement on Saturday, TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said that Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Maulana Samiul Haq had tried to help initiate the dialogue but both of them were disappointed by the government and that was why they disassociated from the process.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has told the government that the group cannot be cowed down by threats and asked it to show seriousness if it intends to hold dialogue.

He said that all the "patriotic political leaders are perturbed" as to what the government wanted. He said former presidents Pervez Musharraf and Asif Ali Zardari had dreamed of elimination of the Taliban while Rehman Malik and former army chief General (r) Ashfaq Kayani had repeatedly stated of breaking the back of Taliban but they could not eliminate them.

Shahidullah Shahid said that on one hand the government blames Taliban for refusing to hold talks while on the other it threatens to launch an operation against them.

He said that bodies of their "missing comrades are being thrown from Khyber to Karachi while in Mir Ali, innocent people are being killed in the name of Taliban commanders".

He said leaders like Syed Munawar Hassan, Imran Khan and Maulana Fazlur Rehman are worried as the government was going against the APC mandate. He said it has become clear that the present government is under pressure of the United States and generals like the previous governments. He said that only slogans for dialogue were being raised but no practical step had been taken.

The TTP spokesman also asked whether the killing of their leader and bombing on population were seriousness of the government. He said the government was making new laws everyday to "sandwich" Taliban and those having links with them.

He said that if the government was serious in dialogue, it would have to create an enabling atmosphere and warned that by hanging swords on their heads, the government should not expect talks with the TTP.


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