DI KHAN: Six militants were freed in South Waziristan on Wednesday as part of an agreement with the government which asked for the release of two Frontier Corps personnel in return.
The two FC personnel were kidnapped from Balochistan in March 12.
Taken to be a confidence building measure prior to the forthcoming Taliban talks, the agreement stated that in return for the release of FC personnel, the government releases six militants.
However, the army denied claims of such a swap having occurred.
“Pakistan military rejected the news of any prisoner swap with Taliban, as being reported by a foreign news agency,” the army spokesperson, Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa said in a text message to the media persons.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) has also created a list of prisoners they want to be released from all the four provinces. 4,752 prisoners have been named.
The All Parties Conference (APC) held on September 9 was earlier convened to gauge the stance of major political parties on the issue of Taliban talks. It ended with a unanimous resolution of pursuing dialogue with TTP as a way to counter terrorism in the country.
The TTP spokesperson, Shahidullah Shahid, had cautiously welcomed the APC resolution and said Taliban would be willing to enter into ‘meaningful dialogue’ after the government announces its policy on how to proceed.
The central leadership of the TTP claimed on Monday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has sent a letter to the TTP about a possible peace dialogue and the TTP has replied to it.
Whereas the correspondence has been confirmed, the contents of both the letters are yet to be known.
Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had said that their first meeting with the Taliban will determine demands from both sides. However, he has maintained that disclosing information prematurely might hinder the peace process.
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3:1. 4,752 talibans to be swapped for 14,256 security personnel. I.S.I. must explain how many security personnel are kidnapped by taliban......
Shows the worth of our FC personnel compared to TT in the government's eyes... :-/
@Ali: "@ali ahmed, please don’t make stupid comments, no comparison at all between Kashmir and Tribal Area’s, i guess you forgot about the Maoist attacks in India."
Maoist attacks don't happen everyday in India, and the government has significantly reduced the area under control of Maoists over past several years. Nowadays there are rarely any news of Maoist attacks in Indian media. Secondly unlike the Maoist situation in India, Pakistan does not even control half of its own country whereas India has full control of its whole territory (except for the disputed territories under Pakistan's occupation). Would you believe if I tell you that only 35% of Pakistan is under direct control of Pakistan's government today? In the rest of the country, the government has no exact control. Don't even compare Maoists of India to Taliban of Pakistan. India has effectively tackled internal terrorism to a large extent, whereas Pakistan has failed to do so and as a harsher reality, "has lost the fight".
I am surprised why people are moaning over Shahrukh Jatoi's pact with Shahzeb's family. Our government is willing to release killers of thousands of people just to get them on table. What if a peace accord is made with taliban and all of their prisoners are released as demanded and after a month or so they decide to end the accord because of some reason? I remember the after last peace accord with sufi mohammad, he said that wearing a black turban is must in Islam, what if they say a similar thing and break the accord. I think army is playing a wait and see game with PMLN which is not good for our country.
@ali..accept you can fight will terrorist..begging talibans for talk
Great. More terrorists to kill civilians.
Any doubts that PMLN and TTP/LeJ are two sides of the same coin.
@ali ahmed, please don't make stupid comments, no comparison at all between Kashmir and Tribal Area's, i guess you forgot about the Maoist attacks in India.
Here is the time when they will imprison rocks and keep dogs free.
We need to be realistic. If we can defeat them,good enough..keep on fighting them (but it has not happened in 11 years),otherwise cut your losses, and negotiate- to prevent a never ending vicious cycle.
Please let not Taliban dominate in any talks.
they want to have their brigades working full time again;Pakistani citizens have to brace themselves for slaughter with a renewed vigour
Please correct photo caption, it should be 'will be seeking'
Part of the Peace treat or the Nawaz-Mehsud pact I guess.
learn from India..where never swap taken in kashmir...they eliminated the militants from kashmir
now its the TTP terrorists calling the shots and not the Army.
if there are TTP demands, where are the demands of Govt.