Govt hints at conditional pardon for TTP members


The authorities on Wednesday mentioned it was open to giving a pardon to banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorists in the event that they resign violence, settle for writ of the state and decide to the Constitution.

The assertion got here from Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who in an interview with The Independent, additionally mentioned Pakistan was involved over the discharge of TTP terrorists from Afghan prisons after the Taliban took management of the nation.

In an interview earlier this week, President Arif Alvi had additionally made an identical assertion, saying the federal government might announce conditional amnesty for the TTP terrorists.

“If they [the TTP] are willing to mend fences and not take the law into their hands and not get involved in terrorist activities and they submit and surrender to the writ of the government and the Constitution of Pakistan, we are even open to giving them a pardon,” Qureshi mentioned.

Part of his interview was launched by the state-run APP wire service.

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Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has rejected the notion of constructing refugee camps or resettlement processing amenities on the Pakistani soil for the individuals coming from Afghanistan.

Instead, he mentioned, Pakistan would proceed to facilitate the departure of these with legitimate paperwork who wished to exit Afghanistan by way of Pakistan – drawing the road at permitting an inflow of refugees.

In an interview with The Independent, Qureshi mentioned Pakistani authorities would take into account “on merit” formal requests from the UK for British illustration of their embassy in Kabul to assist with purposes – an concept senior Tory MP Tobias Ellwood advised the UK-based paper that the federal government ought to pursue with its allies, corresponding to Qatar and Turkey.

Qureshi mentioned there had been “no rush” on Pakistan’s borders, and burdened that there was no want for individuals to flee Afghanistan because the nation was “peaceful and stable”.

“We have our limitations. [Pakistan has] been hosting over three million, almost close to four million refugees for so many decades without any international help or assistance. We do not have the capacity to absorb more, honestly,” he mentioned.

“Our preference is that [Afghans] stay within Afghanistan and they are provided security and safety within Afghanistan,” he mentioned.

He added that any processing facility the place Afghan residents can apply for asylum needs to be in Afghanistan. “It has to be over there – that is where they belong, that is their country,” he added.

The international minister mentioned the UK ought to “accept the new reality” in Afghanistan and ship rapid support to the Taliban-run nation, warning that isolating the Taliban authorities would result in financial collapse, “anarchy”, and “chaos”.

He mentioned the UK and its western allies weren’t doing sufficient to interact with the Taliban administration or to avert a burgeoning humanitarian disaster, and urged the west to supply provides with “no political conditions attached”.

He warned that Pakistan wouldn’t be keen to absorb any extra Afghan refugees as it’s already internet hosting a number of million from many years of previous conflicts.

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“My message [to the UK] is that there is a new reality in Afghanistan. Accept the new reality and let us work to achieve our objectives,” Qureshi mentioned.

“Isolation is not going to assist. It will result in a humanitarian disaster, it is going to result in an financial collapse, and it’ll create area for parts who haven’t been useful for you, me or anybody.

“Anarchy, chaos will facilitate their presence there. Don’t do that. Engagement, we feel, is a better option. If [the Taliban] are saying positive things, nudge them in that direction. Do not push them into a corner.”

One of the primary steps, he mentioned, was delivering rapid support. “There should be no strings attached, there should be no political conditions attached to humanitarian assistance,” the highest diplomat added.

Qureshi mentioned Pakistan had obtained verbal assurances from the Afghan Taliban that they’d not enable any group to stage terror assaults on Pakistan from Afghanistan, however he added that Islamabad was ready to see “if they act on what they’ve said”.

Qureshi maintained that the behaviour of the brand new Taliban management was “quite distinct and different” from that seen within the 1990s, saying that, for instance, protests in Kabul had “by and large been tolerated”.

“These are initial signs which are not discouraging. Let’s see if this is the direction that they follow,” he concluded.

(With further enter from APP)

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