Government denies talks with Taliban

Government denies media reports, says there is no dialogue with the Taliban.


Afp December 11, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's interior minister and prime minister have both denied the government is holding peace talks with its homegrown Taliban, according to media, saying it would do so only if the militants first disarmed and surrendered.

The deputy commander of the Pakistan Taliban, who have been waging a four-year war against the government in Islamabad, said Saturday that the two sides were holding talks, a move that could further fray the US-Pakistan relationship.

But both Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and Interior Minister Rehman Malik denied the reports.

"Categorically, I'm telling on behalf of the government, no dialogue," Malik told reporters in Islamabad.

Gilani left the door open to negotiations. "Whosoever surrenders and denounces violence, they are acceptable to us," Gilani said in an interview with the BBC.

At the end of September, Pakistan's government pledged to "give peace a chance" and talk with its homegrown militants.

Maulvi Faqir Mohammad, the deputy commander of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), also known as the Pakistani Taliban, told Reuters Saturday that talks for an end to the insurgency were under way.

COMMENTS (14)

AN | 9 years ago | Reply

Taliban has denied talks with Govt as well. Who spread this news? Looks like some Taliban factions are interested in peace talks but not all. According to them no talks until and unless Islamic shariah is enforced in the country. "Kar lo gal". :)

mussarat | 9 years ago | Reply @TheHunterminaton r: Believe me Allah will never help us or come down to help us until we decide to change our fate and act logically. Allah has many other works to do Allah believes in Act and not just prays. Mussarat
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