Govt seeks list of ‘non-combatant’ TTP prisoners from army


ISLAMABAD: The Interior Ministry has contacted army to seek a list of ‘non-combatant’ Taliban prisoners currently in its custody, amid reports that the government is planning to release more Tahreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) detainees as a ‘goodwill gesture’ in the ongoing peace process. “On the direction of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, a senior official of the ministry recently made contact with Pakistan army to acquire a list of non-combatant TTP prisoners,” sources in the Interior Ministry told Daily Times on the condition of anonymity. “The government is pondering release of more non-combatant Taliban as part of confidence-building measures to prepare for the second round of direct talks with the group,” the sources added. Coordinator of the Taliban-nominated peace committee Maulana Yousaf Shah, meanwhile, said that contact had been established between the government and the TTP and a meeting was likely to be held very soon. “To be specific, the meeting will take place in two days at a mutually agreed place in the tribal areas,” Yousaf Shah told Daily Times on Saturday. He said Taliban peace committee headed by Maulana Samiul Haq will meet in the coming days to evolve future line of action in the peace process. Shah admitted that one of the major challenges to the peace process was TTP’s unilateral withdrawal of ceasefire. “We are fully sensitive to this issue and know that peace talks can’t progress unless a bilateral ceasefire is put in place.” Shah said that the committees will take up the issue of release of Shahbaz Taseer and Ali Haider Gillani. He said the differences between Taliban and government can only be ironed out on the dialogue table, and not through media statements. He alleged some forces wanted to sabotage the dialogue through terrorist activities. However, he denied that there was any deadlock in dialogue with Taliban. He hoped that ongoing talks between the government and the TTP will yield positive results. 

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