WEB DESK – The outlawed militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has 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.
“The central Shura (core committee) of the militant outfit has unanimously decided to hang fire so that peace negotiations can endure until consensus is reached”, TTP negotiation committee member Yousuf Shah confirmed.
He said Taliban were bound to honour their agreement with the government, but it was also essential for the latter to implement TTP’s demands it accepted during the earlier meeting.
“It’s an encouraging development but we are not totally satisfied for there are many reservations and dangers, but still we will try to boost up the chances of success,” said another Taliban negotiator Professor Ibrahim, who is also a central leader of the Jamat-e-Islami ruling the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) as coalition partner of Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI).
The names of released TTP prisoners are: Mera Jan, Abdullah Jan, Salamat Khan, Bandshah Gul, Abdul Aziz, Noorzada, Satta Jan, Saddam Hussain, Ziauddin, Sher Pao, Riaz Ali, Mir Alam, Sher Alam Khan, Iqbal, Noor Alam. All these men come from Mehsud area.
Moreover, Political Agent South Waziristan Islam Zeb also confirmed the release of prisoners.
“They are innocent tribesmen, who were taken into custody during search operations”, said he.
Yesterday, 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.