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Imran calls for ceasefire

Published Sep 17, 2013 05:28am


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“Once the two parties sit across the table they can put forward their terms and conditions and the process of give and take follows automatically,” Imran said.
“Once the two parties sit across the table they can put forward their terms and conditions and the process of give and take follows automatically,” Imran said.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has called for ceasefire by the government and Taliban militants along with immediate formation of delegations to kick-off talks.

As a goodwill gesture and to start negotiations on a positive note, he suggested, the two sides should immediately declare ceasefire. “This is what happens elsewhere when warring factions engage in dialogue,” he argued while talking to reporters outside the parliament house on Monday.

“Once the two parties sit across the table they can put forward their terms and conditions and the process of give and take follows automatically,” he said. Talks cannot begin if the two parties start setting preconditions.

However, he quickened to add that the government should have only one condition for talks that “the process should be within the constitution”.

The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has demanded withdrawal of army from Fata and release of its prisoners as conditions for talks with the government following the Sept 9 all-party conference which recommend unconditional negotiations with the militants.

After the killing of two senior army officers by the TTP in Dir on Sunday and the army chief’s stern statement against the perpetrators, many believe it is a significant demand made by the PTI leader.

Surprisingly, nobody from the government spoke on the subject, neither inside the National Assembly nor outside.

Imran Khan condemned the TTP for killing the army officers at a time when all political parties had expressed their willingness for talks with them and urged the government to move ahead. “What is the objective behind such an attack,” he asked the militant outfit. “This is simply reprehensible.”

The killing of Maj Gen Sanaullah Khan Niazi and Lt Col Tauseef had severely affected the prospects for talks, he said, warning that the incident would have serious repercussions.

Having fought each other over the past nine years, the TTP and Islamabad would not find it easy to engage in talks, he said, but added that the only way forward was negotiation.

“We can’t think of progress and investment coming to the country under prevailing conditions and that’s what our enemies will always want and support,” he said.

Dispelling the impression that the PTI was unmoved by the death of two army officers and that he was interested only in talks, the PTI chief said he was as sad as any other Pakistani and would always speak highly of the sacrifices law enforcement agencies had offered over the years.

Comments (15) Closed

Sarwat Sep 17, 2013 06:37am

Dear Imran, what you are saying is they should be set free after murdering people by the thousands and government should set them free, so next time if I commit a murder I should be set free as well. Are they above the law just because they hold a gun. I am one of your staunch supporters, but this philosophy is incomprehensible for me. Why do we need to forgive and forget their crimes against the people of Pakistan, laws of Pakistan and state of Pakistan. What I further don't understand is why are they still alive they should have been prosecuted upon their capture and put to death. Why are we wasting our resources on them by keeping them alive. Have you forgotten they had severed the heads of Pakistani soldiers, I have not, those lives were dear to me as my own, I have not forgotten any of their crimes in Swat. If you are asking for their freedom, then who is going to get insaf for the families who have lost loved ones at their hands. They can't be set free.

Withheld Sep 17, 2013 06:39am

Shame on imran what is there to negotiate with these killers the should be eliminated

Agha Ata Sep 17, 2013 07:08am

A ceasefire between the 5th largest nuclear army of the world and a bunch of terrorists. It is not even a good joke to laugh at.

mujahid Sep 17, 2013 07:09am

whom to tak to is the main question & the govt of MNS is definitely disturbed & do not have right person who could be dependable & his meetings when so ever to start has some credibility.I thought for a minute to ask the foreign minister but then realized it was MNS & he is on a visit to Turkey along with none other then MSS maestro of the Punjab govt & a seasoned person who believes in none other then building undr passes & over-head bridges etc but forgets that all over the world there is a specific lane meant for Police & Ambulances.

sunmun Sep 17, 2013 07:53am

Ceasefir after they killed tp brass in army, IK wakeup.

Sher Khan Sep 17, 2013 07:51am

The attack on a convoy of senior army officials should not be used as a pretext to postpone the peace process. The two sides have shown honest intentions to start the process and it seems that some external party do not want the process to start and have executed the attack which resulted in a huge loss to Pakistan. The very fact that the army could not safeguard their own senior officials shows that the deployment in that area has been a waste of time and resources. This happened despite the fact that a few days earlier the same unfortunate General had announced that peace has been restored in the area. Lets think rationally with our heads and not with the barrels of our tanks. God bless us all.

FJ Siddiqui Sep 17, 2013 07:57am

The use of strategy in the reverse order is the main problem. If we have chosen the dialogue as the first step at the very start, realizing the seriousness of the situation, and have gone towards more aggressive measures if the talks have failed then it would have been much more fruitful. Right now things have gone super complex.

I think we should follow these steps: 1. Powerful negation of TTP ideology from Qur'an and Sunnah and its widest propagation so that masses in general know that there is no support of their actions in there. Silent support is their main source of power. Unless this is done nothing else will work.

Extensive work has been done in Pakistan, sufficient to refute vehemently their ideology from the very sources they relate to.

Other simultaneous measures include: 2. Suffocating their ammunition supply line. 3. Thwart as many of their bombing and killing attempts as possible through intensive intelligence. 4. Apprehending as many as possible and punishing them one by one.

All this will bring them to table as their last way to survive.

  1. Social uplift of the area, gradually, in a manner not too radical to local population (3 decade problem cannot be solved in months) 6. Army action in an year's time if no sign of improvement in situation after whole-hearted multidimensional concerted efforts.
Peer khan Sep 17, 2013 08:34am

Imran khan is out of his senses. You do not accept pre conditions from terrorist. These criminal should never change. Talk will be waste of time and precious time. Pakistan Army bravest on earth long live Pakistan and Pak Army

Khan Sep 17, 2013 08:41am

Imran khan lives in looney toons world, he doesn't have a clue of ground realities. Total disappointment.

Anees Sep 17, 2013 08:42am


YOUSUF HUSSAIN Sep 17, 2013 09:44am

It is difficult to understand Imran Khan,because he is not himself clear about their policies,they are killing our amy officer and civilians ( more than 50000 peoples have been Killed) and that is not our wars,if that is not our war why they are killing our peoples,why they are against the education,why they are against the invesment in our country.What they wants from US,that is not their country,its our country,they can not impose their rule in our conutry,you can see all over the world they are not sincere with their own families how can be sincre with us,you might have some different approch but see the real facts on the earth and make your polices,Zia Haq make his own policy and the nation is paying for it since last 40 years,they will never be sincere with you,because they are working on money,they have no respect for you,in eighty they are getting all facility from our country Pakistan,now they are against us,so you will not waste your time make your policy with ground fact,not the instruction of other.

Masoud Sep 17, 2013 10:47am

Mr. Imran Khan how could you talk of ceasefire when our military commanders are being killed. The army should go all out to silence the terrorises

Asad Sep 17, 2013 11:27am

@YOUSUF HUSSAIN: I think TTP will never negotiate. It is clear that there is a third element which is controlling TTP. The reason why Khan is so adament on negotiation is that he wants minimal collateral damage in FATA or KP. He wants to show some of the elements within TTP and change their views on the matter. Once there is a division within TTP, a military action will be easier and targetted.

However, TTP (or the third party controlling the TTP) will never let any peace deal to last. They will keep creating scenarios where army is forced to retaliate and destroy the peace process. I believe this Indian and CIA presence across the border (in Afghanistan) is causing a lot of harm to our country and unless Pakistan takes some affirmative action by standing up to US, nothing will change.

However, given our weak and impotent government, Pakistan will never get up on his feet. Pakistan Zindabad.

Khan Sep 17, 2013 11:50am

I say to Imran Khan to puthis own sons as sacrifice for the Talibans and then talk of ceasefire. This man is not sincere to Pakistanis or Pakistan. I beseech Gen Kayani to hit the terrorists hard!!!!!!

BKH Sep 17, 2013 12:34pm

Militant wing of the Taliban is criminal. Sitting for a dialogue with them will be acceptance of the criminality as a norm of the society.

Pakistan should strengthen civil law enforcement by officers of more emotional strength then the tali bans to put an end of them. The way US did and is doing to get rid of Mafia element of its society