Pakistan sends another delegation to Kabul for peace talks with TTP

Pakistan sends another delegation to Kabul for peace talks with TTP

Another Pakistani tribal jirga traveled to Kabul to speak with fighters from the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) group based in Afghanistan.

Pakistan sent a 12-member jirga delegation just one day after a delegation of Pakistani scholars, led by Mufti Taqi Usmani, visited Afghanistan from July 25-29.

Religious Scholars held two meetings with the Pakistani Taliban, in addition to calling on key leaders of the ruling Afghan Taliban and acting Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund of the war-torn country.

The first meeting was very brief, in which both sides introduced each other and then ended shortly after Mufti Taqi Usmani offered a prayer for the success of the peace process.

It was Maulana Mohammad Tayyab, Emir of Ishaat-ud-Tauheed wa Sunnah, who asked Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund at the meeting to help them arrange another session with the Pakistani Taliban, The News reported.

Mullah Hasan and Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani later held a second meeting in which the two sides openly discussed issues related to the peace process. Now that the ulema is back, the tribal elders are there to resume peace talks with the Taliban.

Pakistan this time sent a small jirga of 12 as 53 members of the tribal jirga to visit Kabul for the last time in June this year, and only 20 of them participated in talks with war chiefs. soldiers.

Former senator and leader of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazlur Rahman from South Waziristan had led the jirga before and on their return they claimed to have achieved 90% of the peace process’s goal with the outlaw leaders of the TTP. Their main success was undoubtedly convincing the TTP leadership to extend the ceasefire indefinitely, especially until the peace process was underway, the publication reported.

Maulana Saleh Shah, who led the jirga, has a long history of facilitating and organizing peace talks between the Pakistani government and past Taliban fighters. Afghanistan’s Acting Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani, the former head of the Haqqani network, played a key role in the peace process.

According to official sources, most of the jirga members held talks with the TTP leadership in June and will resume the peace process as before. The sources said the Taliban welcomed the jirga members and promised to help them bring peace to Pakistan, but refused to compromise on some of their demands.

TTP wants the government to restore the former status of the former Federally administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and resolutely return to Pakistan with their weapons
In return, Pakistan has offered to release hundreds of prisoners of this group from prison and resume criminal cases against them in court. Pakistan also wants them to dismantle their networks and separate themselves from ties with other terrorist organizations and militants.

According to TTP sources, they welcome the peace process and sincerely participate in the negotiations. But they feel sending jirgas without authority is just a futile exercise, the publication said.

“We’ve seen progress every time military officials talk to us because they have the power to make decisions. I have to say it was a waste of time and resources when jirgas were sent to us,” said a TTP leader familiar with the peace process.

Unnamed, he said jirgas had been sent to appeal to TTP to ease their terms, which he said was nearly impossible.

Meanwhile, sources also said that one of the TTP members, Maulana Gul Mohammad, during a meeting with Pakistani religious leaders on Friday, described their attack on the public school the army is Peshawar and the killing of innocent students and their teachers is their greatest. mistake, wrong thing, misunderstanding. .

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