No decision taken yet on granting amnesty to TTP members, says Moeed Yusuf

ISLAMABAD: National Security Adviser (NSA) Moeed Yusuf has said that no decision had been taken yet to grant amnesty to members of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

While speaking to Dawn News programme Live with Adil Shahzeb, he said the militant group had been receiving support from India and Afghan intelligence for the last 10-15 years.

“We gave the whole dossier last year containing [details] of which attack, from where, how much money was spent, pictures of receipts, everything,” he said, referring to the report revealed by the government in November 2020 containing proofs of India’s involvement in terrorism in Pakistan.

“When the situation changed [after the Taliban’s takeover] … the Afghan Taliban are not as antagonistic towards Pakistan as former president Ashraf Ghani. Now the discussion started that the TTP does not have the support base that they (Ghani’s government) and India provided.

“You talk from a position of strength and try to reason. If any Pakistani has strayed from the path and if he [wants to become] a law-abiding citizen according to the laws of Pakistan and the Constitution […] It means if you have committed a crime or terrorism in Pakistan, you will follow the due process of the law.”

“I don’t know where this talk started from — that a decision has been made. There is no such decision [of a general amnesty],”he said.

Moeed further added that the government was aware that agreements with the TTP in the past had not been held, adding that at the present stage, talks were being held and the government would see if the TTP was serious.

“The state’s job is to defend its public and not to go with the kinetic option — using bullets — until it becomes impossible to avoid it,” he stressed.

“This is an emotional issue. No Pakistani is left who has not been directly or indirectly affected by terrorism.”

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