Pak PM Imran Khan negotiated a peace deal with banned terrorist organisation Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) which was responsible for a blast in school that killed 132 of children in 2014.
New Delhi: It may sound paradoxical. Some sceptics could club this with humour around the strategic world. But between Taliban and India's 'western neighbour' Pakistan – it's all in the family kind of business.
For years, Pakistan had given itself a role to 'negotiate' and get some legitimacy for the Taliban leadership in Afghanistan. Now, it is payback time!
As authorities and the beleaguered Imran Khan government have landed in trouble, now the Taliban regime has come forward to the assistance of Islamabad.
Yes, Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi has confirmed that Kabul is mediating between the Pakistan government and banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) for peace! And look here – how the champions of gun culture and arson are now talking or to be caustic preaching about 'peace'.
Muttaqi, according to Geo News, said there is no individual of the Islamic Emirate, but as a matter of policy, the 'whole' Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (that is, the Taliban dispensation) is mediating between the government of Pakistan and the banned TTP, media reports say. The Taliban Minister expressed confidence that the talks would yield positive results. The Taliban Minister said that Afghanistan welcomed the peace talks between the Pakistan government and TTP, with the undertaking that it would continue to support Islamabad in its peace endeavours.
The Imran Khan government has signed a month-long cease-fire agreement with the local Taliban group, which has been involved in numerous attacks on the country's security forces and civilians over the past one and a half-decade. The move to negotiate with Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan has earned the Imran Khan regime strong criticism from civilians and activists.
Pakistan's Supreme Court has summoned Imran Khan to a Peshawar school massacre case hearing and grilled him over the TTP talks.
"Why are we bringing the TTP to the negotiating table instead of taking action against them?" a judge asked. "Prime Minister Imran Khan's children are living in the UK; he can't feel our pain," one citizen has been quoted in a media report.
147 people, 132 of them children, were killed when Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants stormed the Army Public School (APS) in Peshawar in 2014.