ISLAMABAD: The peace negotiations between the government and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) will probably fail and a resulting military operation would lead to more violence, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said on Friday.
In an interview with the New York-based news website Bloomberg, Imran was quoted as saying: “The most likely result is that the negotiations will start, there will be about three or four big explosions and terrorist attacks and the negotiations will be called off.” “There will be people baying for blood and the operation will start,” he claimed. Speaking about the US drone campaign, the PTI chief said the talks will only be meaningful if America announces an end to drone strikes.
“If the US stops drone attacks, announces stopping the drone attacks during the talks, it would be a big plus point,” he stressed. Imran further accused the US of sabotaging an earlier effort at talks with a November 1 drone attack that killed TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud. “The US doesn’t want peace talks here or peace in Pakistan while they are leaving Afghanistan,” the report quoted Imran. “The thinking is that if they [insurgents] are engaged here, they would not be going across to fight.”
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