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no Negotiations with the Outlawed Outfits: Interior Minister

Islamabad: Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah stated on Tuesday that there will be no talks with the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) or any other terrorist organization.

The statement comes as the country witnesses a sharp increase in terrorism incidents from the outlawed outfit based in Afghanistan after the expiration of its ceasefire agreement with Pakistan.

The interior Minister said that General Asim Munir made this point in the meeting in clear terms with the evidence. Pakistan has decided to share the evidence with the Taliban administration. The evidence shows terrorists based in Afghanistan involved in terror activities here.

He added that the army chief had categorically dismissed sending mixed signals on the issue of negotiations with terrorists. He quoted him stating that the narrative should be clear that there will be no negotiations with any terrorists.

The interior minister shared that NSC meeting has decided to not hold talks with TTP or any other terrorist organization. He said talks will only be held with the Afghan government.

Rana Sanaullah also cleared that no Pakistani territory is under terrorists control. The minister asked Afghan government to fulfil its promise of preventing use of Afghan territory by terrorists to attack other countries.

Taliban Spokesperson meanwhile

Meanwhile, Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid said that the Afghanistan government desired better relations with all its neighbors, including Pakistan. He said he believes in utilizing all the resources and means that could help them meet the goal.

Taliban Spokesperson said they are trying their best that Afghan soil is not used against Pakistan or any other country. He however expressed his disappointment over the recent statements by the Pakistani authorities.

His statement came a day after the NSC implicitly asked the government in Kabul not to provide sanctuaries to Pakistani terrorist groups on its soil.

“It is also the responsibility of the Pakistan side to try to control the situation and avoid issuing baseless and provocative statements,” he said, adding that such statements and an atmosphere of mistrust are not in the interest of any party.

The Afghanistan government does not only give importance to peace and stability inside the country but in the entire region. The Taliban spokesperson said and vowed that his country would continue its efforts in this regard.

Zahra Sikandar
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