TTP invites JI, JUI, PML-N to Fata for peace talks
07 February, 2013
MIRANSHAH/ISLAMABAD: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) after nominating the PML-N, JUI-F and JI as guarantors for the peace talks with the government has invited their delegation to visit the tribal areas.
Talking to newsmen on phone from an undisclosed location, TTP spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan said the delegation of the political parties will be guaranteed full security if it visited the Tribal Areas. He said the purpose of inviting the delegation to the Tribal Areas is to convey the Taliban's point of view. He said the Taliban wanted to make talks with the government successful.
The TTP spokesman said the Taliban did not trust the army that is why they want direct talks with the government without the involvement of the army.
About ignoring PTI chief Imran Khan for the talks process, Ihsanullah said Imran was not a serious person like Rehman Malik. The invitation to the political parties' delegation to visit FATA by the Taliban is seen as an important development.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Ahsan Iqbal said on Wednesday that Nawaz Sharif would not mediate or act as a guarantor for talks with Taliban.
"Nawaz Sharif cannot give any guarantee on the issue of talks with Taliban," Iqbal told reporters while addressing a press conference.
In a video statement on February 3, the TTP expressed its willingness to hold peace talks with the government, provided Nawaz Sharif, Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Munawar Hasan act as guarantors. Meanwhile, Iqbal urged the central bank to stop issuing loans to the federal government.
"The government has crossed all limits of loans; therefore, issuing of more loans should be banned." He advised government officials to refrain from protecting graft.