Pakistan Army senior brass discuss ongoing peace talks with TTP militant group – Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism
Islamabad, July 23: Senior Pakistani army brass discussed the ongoing peace talks with the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) team facilitated by the army to prevent further terrorist attacks in the country by the militant group, according to a media report Saturday.
It was the first such meeting, involving all the armed services, since the Pakistan Army-led talks with the TTP in Afghanistan took on a public profile with briefings for political leaders and the Parliamentary Committee on national security on the issue by senior military officials. , reported the Dawn newspaper.
The national security meeting chaired by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCSC), General Nadeem Raza, was held on Friday.
He was attended by the three service chiefs – Army Chief of Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi and Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu, ISI Director General Lt Gen Nadeem Anjum, Peshawar Corps Commander Lt Gen Faiz Hamid, and other senior officials.
The forum received a detailed briefing on the specific national security situation on the western border, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, the military’s media arm said of the meeting.
“Rapid developments in the field of strategic and conventional policies, the importance of peace in Afghanistan for sustainable development in the region and the operational readiness of the armed forces” were also discussed, the Pakistani army said.
Participants, the military said, resolved to respond to “the full range of threats” in accordance with the “comprehensive security strategy”.
The military leadership had told the political leadership in previous briefings that they wanted to give peace a chance, but would respond forcefully if the TTP failed to live up to whatever deal might eventually be reached.
Talks with the TTP have been ongoing since last year, but so far no major breakthroughs have been announced on either side.
Pakistani authorities demand disbandment of terrorist organization, laying down of arms and respect for the Constitution, while TTP demands withdrawal of security forces from former tribal areas, reversal of 2018 merger of tribal agencies with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the release of its fighters and compensation for the damage suffered.
According to the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies database, the TTP has carried out nearly 46 attacks this year, mostly against security forces, in which 79 people have been killed. (PTI)