TTP’s proposed committee holds meeting



Members of the Tehreek-e-Taliban’s proposed committee for peace talks with government held a meeting on Monday, private news channels reported.
Committee members including Jamiat Ulma e Islam-Sami (JUI-S) Chief Maulana Samiul Haq, Red Mosque cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz and Jamat e Islami Chief of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Prof Mohammad held a media briefing post the meeting.
Samiul Haq told the reporters that former MPA Mufti Kifayatullah also participated in the meeting through telephone and would be joining the next meetings in person.
Haq said that he expect Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chief Imran Khan would make a wise decision regarding his participation in the committee as he has always been an advocate of peace talks with the TTP.
Haq said that his committee has contacted the four-member committee formed by the government in order to arrange a joint meeting for discussion.
He added that elements will be trying to sabotage the peace process. Haq announced that the next meeting of the committee will be held on Wednesday with Yousaf Shah acting as a coordinator between them and the government committee.
Haq said that the committee will attempt to resolve the conflicts at hand within weeks rather than months but it is not feasible for giving a time frame for ensuing peace talks as the issues are grave.


  1. The ongoing acts of terror have sent the great nation of Pakistan into chaos and frenzy. Terrorist organizations have been fully focused on pushing their deadly agenda forward. Pakistan’s safety and security is simply vital to the region’s stability. We greatly appreciate Pakistan’s sacrifices in the region. It is our wish to see a peaceful Pakistan for the sake of stabilizing the region. We have shared peace objectives in the region and fully support Pakistan’s efforts to negate the threat of violence. At the same time, we want to make it clear that it is up to Pakistan whether to take military action against the terrorists or to hold peace talks with them. We repeat what U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G. Olson said recently: “The United States and Pakistan continue to have a vital, shared strategic interest in ending extremist violence so as to build a more prosperous, stable and peaceful region, but Pakistan has to make its own decisions for a secure country.”

    Ali Khan
    DET, United States Central Command

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