PESHAWAR/ DI KHAN: Former Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) MNA Javed Ibrahim Paracha has said that Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud has handed over a list of prisoners being held by the government to him.
“Hakimullah Mehsud talked to me about the Taliban prisoner issue around 10am,” said Paracha while speaking to The Express Tribune.
Contradicting Paracha's statement, TTP spokesperson said that Hakimullah Mehsud didn't talk to anyone on the phone and denied that he had talked to Paracha.
"Paracha is a politician. He might have his own motives behind the whole issue," said Shahidullah Shahid, adding that Hakimullah did not use the phone and could not have called Paracha.
Paracha said that the TTP chief had handed over a list of Taliban inmates who were being held in various prisons across the country.
Paracha said that he had gone to Adiala Jail with the approval of the government and had verified that 50 Taliban inmates were being held there. The former MNA said that he spent two hours at the jail to discuss the issue.
He further said that he was gathering information about Taliban inmates in Peshawar, Multan and Quetta as well.
“I came into contact with Hakimullah Mehsud around 2pm again and shared the details with him,” confirmed Paracha, adding that the TTP chief said they will convey their response after discussing the matter with the Taliban Shura.
Paracha said that he had not been designated mediator by the government or the Taliban. He added that if both parties trusted him and wanted him to play the role, he was ready to do so.
“For the sake of the country and the province (Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa), I am ready for the role of mediator if I am asked for it to do so,” he added.
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