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TTP talks: Govt summons session of Parliament’s security body today

ISLAMABAD: The Parliamentary Committee on National Security will be briefed on progress in talks between the government and banned-outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in a meeting at the PM’s House on Wednesday (today) afternoon.

According to the details, the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) would meet at the PM’s House on Wednesday (today) at 3 pm to discuss the progress in talks with the TTP and issues related to national security.

Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Director General ISI Lt. General Nadeem Ahmed Anjum will also attend the meeting.

DG ISI will brief the senior parliamentarians on the talks between the government and the Taliban.

Speaker of National Assembly Raja Pervaiz Ashraf will head the PCNS, which according to the NA’s official website also includes Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and parliamentary leaders of other parties, having representations in both Houses.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had become a member of the PCNS, when he was the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly. However, it is not confirmed whether the new opposition leader Raja Riaz Ahmad Khan has been invited to the meeting.

The PPP’s leadership had demanded that elected representatives should also be taken on board.

Federal Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, on behalf of the government, had confirmed in the first week of June that the talks with the TTP were in progress at the government level.

She said the talks with the TTP had begun in 2021 and those negotiations had been taking place at the government level.

The minister also confirmed that the Afghan Taliban government was acting as a mediator between the two parties.

Raja Furqan Ahmed

Raja Furqan Ahmed is the News Editor of The Pakistan Daily.

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