TTP Refuses To Move Back From Demand For Fata Merger Reversal

TTP Refuses To Move Back From Demand For Fata Merger Reversal

TTP Has Definitely Said That It Will Not Relent In Its Demand

The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a banned militant organisation, has definitely said that it will not relent in its demand to undo the union of the former province of Fata with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 

According to Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud, leader of the banned organisation, “our demands are clear and notably the reversal of Fata merger with KP is our key demand which the organisation cannot back down from.” It appears that the interview, which was posted on YouTube on Wednesday, was conducted somewhere in Kabul. 

Rana Sanaullah Has Disclaimed Any Intention

Rana Sanaullah, the federal interior minister, has disclaimed any intention of undoing the 2018 constitutional amendment-enacted Fata-KP merger. 

Under the auspices of the Afghan Taliban’s interim government in the neighbouring nation, negotiations between the Pakistani government and TTP have taken place in Kabul. A 57-member jirga made up of elders from significant KP tribes and clans visited Kabul and spoke with TTP officials. 

TTP Had Declared A Cease-Fire For All Time

The TTP had declared a cease-fire for all time. Security forces continued to conduct search and strike operations against militants in the area, especially in the district of North Waziristan. In a similar vein, assaults on security personnel persisted. 

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The leader of the outlawed group indicated that although talks between the TTP and the government were ongoing, there has been little significant progress to date while keeping an automatic assault rifle by his side. 

The Conversations Have Not Yet Come To A Conclusion

Noor Wali, wearing a conventional black turban, stated that “the conversations have not yet come to a conclusion.” He moved to Kabul for government negotiations and is from South Waziristan. 

He asserted that while he was leading the TTP delegation, Corps Commander Peshawar Lt Gen Faiz Hameed was representing the Pakistani government in negotiations. 

Negotiations Were Being Hosted & Facilitated By The Afghan Taliban

He said that the negotiations were being hosted and facilitated by the Afghan Taliban. A breakthrough in the negotiations, he asserted, would be conceivable if the government displayed “seriousness.” He stated that although the government had freed certain inmates, “our comrades are also being imprisoned.” 

He warned that the negotiations might be impacted by the government’s lack of seriousness. He ruled out the TTP’s dissolution. “A demand which affects the credibility of the movement will be unacceptable to us,” asserted Noor Wali, adding that “appropriate demands” could come under discussion during the negotiations.

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