TTP withdraws demand of reversing FATA merger


The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has withdrawn its demand of reversing the merger of the erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) into Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa following a tricky stance by the federal government on the matter, The Express Tribune has learnt.

A senior safety official aware of the ongoing negotiations with the TTP stated on Friday that Pakistan has emphatically rejected two key calls for on the very onset of negotiations between the 2 sides.

The official stated that the TTP had demanded reversal of former Fata’s merger into Ok-P. The group had additionally expressed reservations over the continuing native authorities elections within the tribal area.

Pakistan has rejected the TTP’s demand and made it clear that Fata’s integration into Ok-P is just not the choice of a single particular person however of the individuals of the area and the parliament.

The former Fata was merged into Ok-P by means of a constitutional modification and its withdrawal would require a parliamentary approval.

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The group was additionally instructed that the federal government had spent billions of rupees thus far for the area’s merger.

In response to a query, a senior official conversant in the talks instructed The Express Tribune that the TTP had by no means demanded the institution of a political workplace overseas.

The official added that Prime Minister Imran Khan-led authorities initiated dialogue with the group in order that the Pakistani Taliban living in Afghanistan may very well be pardoned in the event that they settle for the writ of the state and lay down arms.

“That is why the demand for a Taliban office in any foreign country cannot be justified,” the official stated.

The officers have additionally indicated the potential for additional progress on the talks within the subsequent few days.

Pakistan and the TTP entered right into a month-long truce beginning November 9. The ceasefire was the results of a collection of conferences held between the Pakistani officers and the TTP representatives in Afghanistan. The talks have been brokered by the Taliban authorities, notably the Haqqani Network. Both sides held no less than three rounds of talks—one in Kabul and the opposite two conferences came about in Khost.

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