ISLAMABAD – Advocating for the outlawed militant, chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has claimed that Taliban only want to liberate Pakistan from the US war.
Khan, the strong supporter of negotiations with outlawed militant group, was speaking to the media representatives on Thursday.
The impression that Taliban want to impose Shariyah at gun point is not valid, he said while defending the negotiation process.
“Meeting between the government and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Shura had made it apparent which groups were interested in holding dialogue and which were not. There was hope of reaching a positive outcome on the dialogue process,” he added.
Khan also mentioned that tribal people should be included in the negotiation committees as they hold the key to dialogue.
Khan also believed that without handling the menace of terrorism in country, nothing good could be done here.
Concurrently, the negotiation process between government appointed and Taliban nominated committees is underway for months now. Until last week, both committees could not even reached the decision of where to organize meeting wit Taliban Shura as militants were reluctant to come out of their safe houses fearing arrest by the Pakistani security officials.
Taliban had also demanded that before the direct talks could begin, security officials must release non-combatant prisoners, mainly elderly men and women, and also withdrew troops from South Waziristan Agency.