TTP ready to come forward for peace talks if safety guaranteed: Rustam Shah

Published: February 12, 2014
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Members of the TTP committee. PHOTO: AFP

Members of the TTP committee. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) are ready to come forward for peace talks if safety is guaranteed, stated former Pakistan ambassador to Afghanistan Rustam Shah Mohmand, one of the members of the government committee, Express News reported on Wednesday.

He added that the government peace talks committee and the TTP-appointed-committee will not meet today but it is likely that the two committees will sit together soon.

Session for religious clerics

Jamiat Ulema Islam-Samiul Haq group (JUI-S) chief Maulana Samiul Haq, the head of the TTP committee, has called for a session for religious clerics on February 15.

It was reported that the clerics will be taken into confidence regarding the peace negotiations.

Women and minority rights

A resolution was passed in the Senate regarding women and minority rights.

It stated that there will be no compromise in this matter in the peace negotiations.

Committees

The four-member committee appointed by the government comprises Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Affairs Irfan Siddiqui, former ISI official Major (retd) Muhammad Amir, senior journalist Rahimullah Yousufzai as well as Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader and former Pakistan ambassador to Afghanistan Rustam Shah Mohmand.

The committee named by the TTP includes Jamaat-e-Islami leader Prof Mohammad Ibrahim, JUI-S chief Maulana Samiul Haq and Maulana Abdul Aziz. It was later announced that JUI-S spokesperson Maulana Yousaf Shah is the coordinator of the committee.

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