Banned TTP ready for 'meaningful' talk with Pakistan govt.

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 27, 2012 10:00 hrs

Pakistan's banned militant outfit Tehrik-i-Taliban's (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan has said that the group is ready for 'meaningful' dialogue with the government.

Ehsan said the TTP had always been ready for negotiations.

He also said that the Pakistani government was following foreign dictates and talks would only be possible if the government would have the authority to hold them freely.

The chief of the Awami National Party (ANP), Asfanyar Wali Khan, had said that talks with the TTP were possible if they renounced violence.

Responding to that the TTP spokesman said "terms and conditions" were unacceptable for any peace talks to be initiated, the Dawn reports.

According to the paper, in a letter addressed to the government, the Pakistani Taliban offering to hold talks said that the ANP could be granted amnesty if the party apologised for its 'wrong' policies and altered these, adding that, the same would apply to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).

The letter further said that the TTP had no fight with the Pakistan Muslim League, Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) whereas the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI) and Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) should live up to their statements, the paper said.

The TTP also claimed that the organisation was not involved in attacks on JUI and JI, it added. (ANI)

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