Military given go-ahead to hold talks with TTP: Sanaullah

Islamabad, July 3: Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah has informed that a Parliamentary committee has given the go ahead to the country’s military leadership to hold talks with the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Dawn reported on Sunday.
Sanaullah said that the military leadership would inform the committee about the progress made in the talks and the matter would then be debated in parliament, adding that the talks would be held only under the Constitution of Pakistan, with neither anything over and above the Constitution be negotiated nor would any such agreement be reached.
On June 22, the military had reassured the political leadership that no extra-constitutional concessions would be given to the banned TTP in the ongoing dialogue and any deal made with the terrorist group would be subject to parliamentary approval.
The assurance was given by the military leadership at a meeting held with the political leaders at the Prime Minister House. This was the first meeting between the national political leadership and the military, which has been negotiating with the TTP in Afghanistan with the help of the Afghan Taliban.
The meeting was arranged after Pakistan Peoples Party, a major partner in the ruling coalition, lodged a protest for not being taken on board about the talks. (UNI)