Pakistan in talks with banned TTP for reconciliation


ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan has revealed that talks are being held with some factions of the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), adding that he intended to involve the other offshoots of the outlawed organisation.

In an interview with Turkish media, the premier said, “Pakistan demands TTP to lay down arms,” adding that the government will pardon the militants if they surrender.

He said that the militant would be allowed to live as normal citizens after they end their anti-state activities.

“I do not believe in military solution to the conflict as I always advocated for non-military solution to Afghan issue,” he highlighted.

PM Imran Khan said that the Afghan Taliban were facilitating the talks, which are being held in Afghanistan.

He said that some of the TTP leaders are ready for the peace talks.

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