Alert Sign Dear reader, online ads enable us to deliver the journalism you value. Please support us by taking a moment to turn off Adblock on

Alert Sign Dear reader, please upgrade to the latest version of IE to have a better reading experience


Talks with Taliban at what cost?


Your Name:

Recipient Email:

NEGOTIATION with the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan is not an acceptable option to the majority of the people. There are many reasons for this response. Let us discuss some substantial reasons one by one. The first and foremost is that the Taliban are violators of the constitution of Pakistan. Second, they are doing insurgency by trying to create a state within a state.

Third, they are the murderers of our very brave and patriotic soldiers, innocent civilians and charismatic leaders. Fourth, they wanted to impose on our society their distorted ideology, which is in complete contrast to Islamic values. At what cost are we trying for talks? Article 5 of the constitution states that everyone, even a foreigner, living here, must show allegiance to the constitution and to the state of Pakistan. If not, it is defiance and violation of the constitution.

These violators must be dealt with sternly. Further , Article 256 of the constitution categorically states that raising of private armies and militias in the state territory must b disbanded and dismantled. We must disband them through a course of military actions. Having seventh largest army of the world, we can dismantle the TTP network, a small faction. The TTP is limited to bordering areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan .

However, if we really want a dialogue, we must hold it with the Afghan Taliban to weaken the strategic position of the TTP. The Afghan Taliban and TTP are almost at loggerheads in Kunhar province in Afghanistan because the TTP wants its control of the province for its lucrative lumber and narcotics rather than ideological conflicts. The Afghan Taliban in this regard may join the anti-TTP front to safeguard their economic interest.

Moreover, the Afghan Taliban are fighting a legitimate war against foreign troops present on their soil. Why is the TTP doing insurgency against the state? Their insurgency has no legitimate ground. Thus there is no valid reason for us to hold talks with this insurgent group. We must try to hold fruitful dialogue with Afghan Taliban rather than TTP.


Comments (13) Closed

Naseer Jun 26, 2013 09:13am

A very well written and thoughtful article. Strongly support the writer's view.

malik Jun 26, 2013 10:01am

Agree with your narrative. However Afghan Talibans and TTP are one and the same with same misconstrued objectives. I don't know where you got the news about friction between them. Jun 26, 2013 10:10am

...."these violators must be dealt with sternly". Agreed. And now please enlighten us as to who will do this?

Waheed Jun 26, 2013 11:32am

Afghan Taliban are not fight legitimate against the existence of foreign troops in Afghanistan, the foreign troops are invited by the people of Afghanistan. it propaganda for persuading people to fight against the foreign troops in Afghanistan. Afghan Taliban are in the service of foreign countries interest in Afghanistan. People of Afghanistan hit Taliban and their cruel activities.

MSA Jun 26, 2013 04:40pm

I fully agree with the views expressed in the article. What is there to negotiate between fire and fire brigade?

Atif khattak Jun 26, 2013 05:09pm

Why Drones are allowed to target the innocent people.........................................???? thats why TTP is fighting for their rights

Agha Ata Jun 26, 2013 05:38pm

Please add one more reason: Taliban are not, yet, ready to have a dialogue, and unfortunately the 7th largest army of the world is not, yet, free to dismantle the TTP's network. So, we have a perfect stalemate at hand. No peace, no fight.

hammad Jun 26, 2013 08:25pm

"these violators must be dealt with sternly". Well Musharraf was doing that and now look at him. This is country is completely messed up!

hmirza Jun 26, 2013 08:42pm

If anyone needs to be tried for treason, breach of constitution and subversion, it is the Taliban. Instead the govt is busy trying to settle its own scores with ex President Musharraf but wants to hold talks with the very people who proudly claim the deaths and destruction they cause in this country. Isn't attempt to murder a judge a bigger crime than rendering them inactive in the safety of their homes? And did the agencies not furnish proofs of Taliban invilvement in the assasination of Benazir? How messed up can our thought processes get now?

imtiaz Jun 26, 2013 09:09pm

Army, ofcourse.

shamz Jun 27, 2013 05:42am

The author doesn't know kunar from kunhar and is talking about the taliban

Noor Jun 26, 2013 06:33am
Laghari's views are worth considering...
ayesha200bc Jun 26, 2013 04:15pm
This is one of the best articles i have read, at least somebody had the guts to say something so openly. The points raised in the articlke are absolutely correct. Any group of people getting up and imposing their self determined iddeology should be dealt with an iron fist. The government should have taken immediete notice of these groups. They have picked up so much of strength,that after a brutal attack on civilians, they have the audacity to claim the responsibility and they get the world media coverage. should be unacceptable to the authorities. These TTP and also the Taliban's from Afghanistan have brought a bad name to our country,and they have restricted the peace situation of Pakistan. Only those parties which are legitimate under the constitution should be allowed to make decisions,and these dangerous groups should be eliminated with extreme force. They say not a single world that is applicable in the Islam. They are a disguise to the religion also ---