Published On: Sat, Mar 22nd, 2014
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TTP leadership divided over scope of implementation of prospective peace accord

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ISLAMABAD: Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leadership is divided over implementation of prospective peace agreement in the backdrop of government of Pakistan- Taliban peace talks.

Well placed sources said South Waziristan based TTP faction led by commander Khan Syed alias Sajna is of the view that whatever agreement is arrived between government and TTP it should be South and North Waziristan centric. The security forces and Taliban should not take part in activities against each other in these two tribal agencies.

Sources further said that some other factions and chief of TTP, Moulvi Fazlullah want that the agreement should be applicable to other tribal areas and those areas where Taliban presence exists. Government and Taliban should not target each other in these territories.

One member of committee constituted to hold talks with Taliban said what thinking prevails in the ranks of Taliban on implementation of possible peace agreement is not known to him. “I am optimistic talks will go ahead, he added. Venue is being determined for dialogue with Taliban. It is correct that Taliban are avoiding to come to government proposed venues of FR Region and Bakka Khel while government negotiation team is hesitating to go for talks with Taliban in the remote areas of Shankoi in Waziristan. This issue will soon be resolved, he hoped.

He said that both the negotiations teams are likely to meet Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan within one or two days. The talks process will restart after this meeting. Government and Taliban can engage in direct talks with each other.