Prime Minister Imran Khan (L) talking to TRT World journalist Ali Mustafa, in Islamabad, in interview printed on October 1, 2021. — Photograph courtesy TRT World

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has mentioned Pakistan is in talks with some factions of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to get  them to put down their weapons.

“I believe a number of the Pakistani Taliban teams really wish to speak to our authorities. You already know, for some peace, for some reconciliation,” PM Imran Khan mentioned throughout an interview to TRT World’s Ali Mustafa in Islamabad.

When requested to substantiate whether or not Pakistan is definitely in talks with the TTP, the premier clarified to say that talks are ongoing “with a few of them”.

He mentioned that the Afghan Taliban are “serving to”, within the sense that the talks are going down in Afghanistan.

The premier mentioned that these talks, for disarmament, if profitable, will result in the federal government “forgiving” them, “after which they [will] develop into regular residents”.

Stressing that he does count on for some form of deal to emerge with the TTP, he mentioned: “I don’t imagine in navy options. I’m anti-military options. So I all the time imagine that you already know, as a politician, political dialogue is the way in which ahead, which I all the time believed was the case in Afghanistan with the US.”

The premier famous he all the time believed {that a} non-military resolution was the one manner ahead for Afghanistan — and he has reiterated it repeatedly on nationwide, worldwide boards.

The premier’s feedback got here within the backdrop of Afghan Taliban’s takeover of Kabul in mid-August. Since then, the nation stays in turmoil, with Pakistan repeatedly urging the worldwide neighborhood to help the newly-formed authorities in a bid to avert a humanitarian disaster, which could led to instability within the area.

If TTP responds ‘positively’, so will  Pakistan

In September, talking to Geo Information, International Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi mentioned the interim Afghan authorities had declared an finish to the conflict, and thus, the TTP ought to overview its insurance policies. “Our situation with TTP is that they focused harmless, unarmed residents.”

The TTP ought to take into consideration its future, preserving in thoughts its previous actions, Qureshi had mentioned, including: “If the TTP responds in a optimistic method, so will Pakistan.”

“But when they reply negatively, we’ll cope with them as we’ve earlier than.”

The overseas minister had mentioned Pakistan had repeatedly knowledgeable the ousted Afghan president Ashraf Ghani about TTP’s presence in Afghanistan and its involvement in terrorist actions, however his regime didn’t take motion in opposition to them.

Nonetheless, the incumbent authorities has offered assurances that Afghan soil wouldn’t be used in opposition to any nation, together with Pakistan, the overseas minister had famous.

President Arif Alvi suggests pardon

Earlier than the overseas minister, President Arif Alvi mentioned the federal government may consider pardoning the TTP members who weren’t concerned in “legal actions”, who would disarm themselves, and observe the legislation.

The president, throughout an interview on DawnNews programme “Khabar Se Khabar” aired on September 11, mentioned Afghan Taliban’s “second- or third-tier management” had knowledgeable Pakistan that the TTP members may stay in Afghanistan, however “they have to not do any exercise in opposition to Pakistan.”

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