Imran Khan's interview with TRT World on talks with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan: "We are talking to Pakistani Taliban, we don't know if it will be fruitful or not"
There has been a backlash on social media after Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan confirmed talks with some groups in the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and offered to pardon them.
In an interview with Turkish broadcaster TRT World, Imran Khan said his government was in talks with some groups in the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and could be pardoned if they surrendered.
He said the talks were being held in Afghanistan with the cooperation of the Afghan Taliban, but could not comment at this time on the success of the talks.
It may be recalled that in response to a statement issued earlier by Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mohammad Qureshi on conditional amnesty to the TTP, the banned TTP said, "Apologies are sought for mistakes and we have never asked the enemy I did not apologize.
What else did Imran Khan say in the interview? "I think some Taliban groups want to talk to our government for reconciliation and peace," Imran Khan said. We are in touch with some of these groups. Asked whether the talks were being held on his surrender, Imran Khan said it was about a "reconciliation process".
"In case of surrender, we will forgive them and they will become ordinary citizens," he said.
He said he was "not in favor of a military solution" and was hopeful of some kind of agreement, but that talks with the Pakistani Taliban "may not be fruitful but we are talking".
Asked if the Afghan Taliban were assisting Pakistan in the process, he said it was in the sense that the talks were taking place on Afghan soil. When asked why his organization was attacking Pakistani security forces if his government was in talks with the TTP, Imran Khan said, "It was a wave of attacks."
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