Govt-TTP parleys may begin this week: JUI-S

KARACHI: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Sami-ul-Haq (JUI-S) said on Monday that formal dialogue between the government and banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) may being this week.

Talking to PPI, JUI-S spokesman Maulana Muhammad Yousuf said that TTP announcement that they were ready for meaningful dialogue was not a surprise for both his party and government as it had already conveyed a message to the government through JUI-S chief Maulana Sami-ul-Haq that they were ready for talks.

“Three days after Maulana Sami-ul-Haq was assigned the mission to begin talks, TTP agreed for talks and Maulana had informed the government about it” he said.

To a question, he said that Maulana’s mission had not completed yet as he would continue his role as a coordinator between the two sides during parleys.

Responding to another query, he said that so far there was no ceasefire between the two sides that was why militants bad not stopped their attacks.

To a question regarding target killing of Maulana Usman Yar Khan, he said that he did not think that it had linked with the mission given to his party head.

“Target killing of religious leaders belonging to our school of thought is not a new thing in Karachi, it is being continued since last few years and so far many religious leaders have embraced martyrdom,” he concluded.

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