No visible development seen in Army-PTM talks: report


ISLAMABAD: No development has been seen in the talks between the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) and the army, reported a local media outlet.

The two sides began the talks on PTM’s request when the party staged a sit-in near the National Press Club in Islamabad for ‘Justice for Naqeeb Mehsud’ campaign that called for arrest and trial of police officer Rao Anwar, who was accused of killing Naqeeb in a fake encounter and was then on the run.

The protest over Naqeeb’s killing was what led the Mehsud Tahaffuz Movement to transform into PTM.

A message was conveyed from those camped outside the press club that Manzoor Pashteen and his colleagues were their real representatives and that the sit-in would be ended following the meeting.

After getting a positive response from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), which was the contact point, PTM put together a 15-member delegation that included Pashteen and Muhsin Dawar. The group met ISPR Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor on Feb 8.