The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has welcomed the latest Taliban overture for conditional talks with the authorities, calling it a “good omen”. Mian Iftikhar Hussain, the provincial information minister, said on Sunday that the video message of TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan was, in fact, a continuation of the peace process.
The ruling Awami National Party (ANP) has been making efforts to eliminate militancy through dialogue, he said in a statement. “The ANP is in talks with other political parties for the success of the peace dialogue,” he added.
About the assurance sought by the TTP for dialogue, the minister said the matter would be discussed at an all-party conference to be convened by the ANP on how to tackle the menace of militancy.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 4th, 2013.
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