Rustam Shah Mohmand, one of the government committee’s members for peace talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), said Monday the government had completed its strategy towards Taliban talks. Rustam said the government team was planning to hold direct talks with Taliban today (Tuesday) and had there been no inclement weather the meeting could have taken place on Monday (yesterday). He said the government had also prepared its list of demands.
Sources said the government would negotiate the release of former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s son Syed Ali Haider Gilani, Shahbaz Taseer, the son of former Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, and Islamia College University Vice Chancellor Ajmal Khan. Meanwhile, the Taliban committee’s representative Professor Ibrahim said he was in continuous contact with government’s negotiators. Meanwhile, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday met members of the government committee formed to hold peace talks with Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
During the meeting which was also attended by Director General (DG) Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), the location of the meeting with the Taliban shura and agenda were discussed. The Interior Minister directed the government committee to make great efforts towards making the dialogue process a successful. Earlier in an interview, Professor Ibrahim said the meeting between the Taliban shura and government committee would be held in Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) in the next two days.
The Taliban committee member said the location for the meeting had been decided but was being kept secret. Professor Ibrahim added that he was not aware of the agenda for the meeting. According to Ibrahim members of the Taliban committee will also be present during the meeting.