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No enmity with the Taliban, says PTI CM-designate

Published May 17, 2013 08:45pm

Pervez Khattak speaking to media in Peshawar. -Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) senior leader and soon-to-be Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pervez Khattak on Friday said that the coming provincial government was ready to hold talks with the outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants.

We have no enmity with the Taliban, said the PTI central Secretary General. He said the Taliban were also Pakistanis and that they request the militant group to hold peace talks and work for peace in the region.

"We appeal to Taliban that we are not  at war with you, this province is yours and we are hopeful you will work for its peace.

"We are not against anyone and not here to fight anyone, we want peace and development in our province and we want to talk to them, " he said.

Pervaiz  Khattak also said that they should be given a chance to settle the problem.

"Our request to them is that we want peace in the province and that they should extend to us their help," Khattak said.