Talks with the TTP in the “pre-dialogue” phase: Minister of the Interior

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah speaks at a press conference in Islamabad, July 6, 2022. – YouTube / PTVNewsLive
  • The process of dialogue with the TTP will be continued under the supervision of Parliament, Sanaullah said.
  • The information given to the committee will be “complete,” he said.
  • All negotiations would be conditional on parliamentary approval, he added.

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Wednesday government talks with the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were at a “pre-dialogue” after political parties endorsed negotiations with militants .

At a press conference, the interior minister said military leaders had suggested forming a committee made up of all political parties – a proposal that was accepted by parliament as well as the parties.

The development comes after the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) received a military leadership briefing on TTP, where the committee gave formal approval to the government to hold talks with the banned outfit.

The Home Secretary said the process of dialogue with the TTP will continue under the supervision of Parliament, describing the briefing provided to the committee as “comprehensive”.

Sanaullah said all negotiations would be conditional on parliamentary approval.

Responding to questions, the minister said former Prime Minister Imran Khan cannot scare anyone with his threats, blackmail and conspiracy narrative.

“Recording to denounce a crime is not a crime”

Sanaullah also said that any recording – audio or video – made to expose a crime is not a crime unless it is made to blackmail someone.

The Home Secretary made the remarks when asked to comment alleged audio of Bushra Bibi in which he could be heard directing the PTI’s social media manager to direct trends against party rivals and declare them traitors.

The audio sparked a debate over privacy issues, while the PTI asked the higher court to take notice of the leaked audio. Reportedly, alleged audio of former Prime Minister Imran Khan talking to his Principal Secretary Azam Khan could also be released.

“If a recording is made to expose a criminal offense it is not a crime and if a recording is made to blackmail it is a crime,” the minister said.

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