Sharif mulls peace talks with Tehreek-e-Taliban
The working group is expected to be announced after an all-party conference scheduled to be held later this month to build a consensus on the proposed national security policy, The Express Tribune reported on Monday. The proposed working group would comprise of politicians and other figures who could use ‘their influence and good offices’ to make peace talks successful, the report said.
According to the draft security policy, the government would devise a mechanism to reintegrate those who either shun the ‘so-called jihadi organisations’ or who got disengaged from such acts on any account.
Under the plan, the government is considering utilising former militants and those militants who are in custody to reach out to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a group which has united various militant factions operating in Pakistan’s restive northwestern tribal areas along the Afghan border. The government led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has already announced that it is willing to negotiate with TTP and other ‘reconcilable groups’ for the sake of peace.
However, the security establishment is wary of this approach.