Talks with TTP as per the Constitution, NSC told

ISLAMABAD – The National Security Committee (NSC) was informed on Wednesday that talks with the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) facilitated by the Afghan government, are being held under the ambit of the Constitution of Pakistan.

The NSC meeting, held here with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in the chair, was informed that a committee led by the government, and comprising civil and military representatives, was holding talks with the TTP, but any final decision in that regard would be taken with the approval of the parliament under the Constitution of Pakistan and keeping in view the future guidance and complete consensus.

The meeting held a detailed discussion on the talks with TTP and the situation along the Pak-Afghan border

The NSC expressed the confidence that the Afghan soil will not be allowed to be used against Pakistan. An official communiqué issued after the meeting said that national, parliamentary and political leadership, members of parliament and military leadership attended the meeting.

The meeting was briefed about the overall security situation in the country including the internal and external security threats faced by it and steps taken by relevant security institutions to deal with them. The meeting was also briefed on administrative matters of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, maintaining that Pakistan has always played a very responsible and positive role for peace and stability in Afghanistan and will continue to do so.

The NSC meeting maintained that Pakistan’s efforts and sacrifices in the war against terrorism have been acknowledged by the world.

It maintained that due to the matchless sacrifices of the people and security forces of Pakistan and state functionaries, peace and normalcy has been restored and there is no organized network of terrorists in the country. The meeting was briefed about the details of talks with the TTP, all the backgrounds in which these talks started and the different periods during it.

The political leadership expressed satisfaction over the strategy and progress made in this regard so far.

| Civil, military leadership resolve any final decision to be
taken with parliament’s approval | Pakistan always played constructive role for Afghan stability, regional peace | There is
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After the NSC meeting, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah along with Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb at a press conference, said that the participants of the meeting were briefed on the Afghanistan situation and talks with the TTP. “Talks with the TTP will be held within the ambit of law and constitution. More sessions will be held in the coming days,” he said.

He said it was also decided that an in-camera briefing will be held on the matter and later the prime minister will brief the parliament. “The talks [with the TTP] will be taken forward under the guidance of parliament,” Sanaullah added. The outlawed TTP had on June 2 announced an “indefinite ceasefire” in view of the “substantial progress” made in talks with the Pakistani government during a round of meetings in Kabul.

 

A negotiation committee comprising civil and military representatives is holding talks with the TTP ‘within the ambit of the constitution’ under the supervision of the federal government and the final decision will be made after the approval of the parliament, the statement read.

 

Responding to the statements of PTI chief Imran Khan, the interior minister said that Imran Khan is continuously talking about the amendments in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) law for a few days. “He had also discussed Khurram Dastgir multiple times. Imran Khan should be questioned about the existence of the US conspiracy. Imran Khan should also be questioned regarding the details of 70 cases against Shehbaz Sharif,” he said.

Rana Sanaullah claimed that Imran Khan’s allegations are baseless and corruption had risen during his government. He detailed that the NAB powers of 90-day remand was seized after the amendments and it will also benefit the PTI leaders. Sanaullah alleged that the PTI chairman wanted to continue his revengeful actions against the political rivals by appointing retired judges to the accountability courts.

The interior minister said that the NAB law has been amended as per spirit of the Criminal Procedure Code, reducing the remand period from 90 to 14 days. He said every citizen, including front men of Imran Khan, will benefit from these amendments. He said Imran Khan is trying to mislead the nation regarding reforms in NAB law to build a new narrative.

 

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