Not releasing outlawed TTP prisoners irks Jamat-e-Islami leader

Prof Ibrahim

WEB DESK – Senior leader of Jamat-e-Islami (JI) and negotiator on behalf of outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Professor Ibrahim, has expressed annoyance over not releasing a single Taliban prisoner to facilitate peace dialogues.

Ibrahim was speaking to media on Monday when he maintained that government was not facilitating the peace dialogue with militants.

He stated “Federal interior minister announced to release the Taliban prisoners but nothing have been done so far. Government is not meeting with Taliban committee nor giving any dates for the meeting.”

Earlier, the senior member of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and opposition leader in National Assembly, Syed Khurshid Shah, said that freeing prisoners was the duty of judiciary and not of the government referring to the release of outlawed militants belonging to TTP.

PML-N government had confirmed and accepted to release as many as 19 Taliban prisoners. After which the outlawed TTP announced to hold back their guns against Pakistan government and security forces as government released as many as 19 non-combatant militants of Mehsud tribe.

PakistanTribe attributed the report published by an international news agency claiming that at least 16 Taliban prisoners were released with the direct orders of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. After that report, the office of Prime Minister straightforwardly denied any role playing in this regard rather it denied the release of any such prisoners.

On April 18, outlawed TTP threatened to attack on government and security officials as ceasefire now not in effect, however, outlawed Taliban maintained that they would not attack public places.

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Hissan Khan

Hissan Khan is currently working as the Editorial Head of Pakistan Tribe's Islamabad Office. Having work as current affairs host, news analyst and C4D expert, Hissan holds a good command over communication and development strategies.

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