The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on Friday said that it believed the government must seriously consider the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) offer of talks.
A PTI press release said the party that believed the negotiation option should never be abandoned. It remarked that the TTP offer was couched in a language that shows little prospect for forward movement. It also condemned the TTP’s use of violence and terrorism to achieve political ends.
It noted that press reports had quoted the Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira and the Awami National Party expressed their preference for dialogue, rather than military operations. It said that the PTI appreciates that other parties have recognised that negotiations should never be ruled out when faced with internal insurgency. It said the PTI Chairman Imran Khan had held the same position since December 2009. It said Khan’s position was that any agreement should be within the framework of the constitution and be ratified by the parliament.
It said that the PTI has believed that the partnership with the United States in the war in Afghanistan was the reason for the increase in militancy and terrorism. It said that the alliance had provided the militants a narrative which allowed them to sell the conflict as a battle between Muslims and infidels. It said the end of the narrative would rob the militants of the weapon that had allowed them to motivate suicide bombers, who had killed almost 35,000 innocent people.
It said the TTP must have accept the constitution of Pakistan that already lays down that all laws would be in conformity with Quran and Sunnah, renounce violence as a means to achieve political ends and not use Pakistani soil to launch attacks in another country.
PPP, PML-N taken to task by PTI
Pakistan Teheek-i-Insaf (PTI) Information Secretary Shafqat Mahmood on Thursday downplayed the resolution passed by the Punjab Assembly against Imran Khan’s statement regarding reform of the law on the seats reserved for women, saying that at least the “futile exercise” had exposed the evil nexus between Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
“We had been saying that both the PPP and the PML-N were faking fights between themselves and that both the pro-status-quo parties were hand in glove. Today’s action [Thursday’s resolution] has finally exposed this evil nexus,” said the PTI leader.
According to a press release, Mahmood added that Imran had never talked of abolishing the seats reserved for women. Rather, he said, Imran had pointed out the need for reforms in award of party tickets for women. “Imran Khan had actually shared his party’s vision about the reserved seats for women, making a categorical statement that the PTI favoured intra-party elections to award party tickets to women so that relatives of the influential were not automatically awarded party tickets and women from the grassroots could come forward and work for the empowerment of women,” Mahmood said.
Mahmood said both PPP and PML-N leaders wanted relatives of their influential leaders to be accommodated at the expense of women from the grassroots. “This evil nexus is actually not against the PTI, rather it is against the people of Pakistan and to maintain the status quo. Such exercises would never defeat the resolve of the PTI workers for a change in the country. The change would take place despite all conspiracies to stop it,” Mahmood added.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 5th, 2013.