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Bilawal vs Imran on TTP talks

According to Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the administration will never engage in dialogue with terrorist groups that disobey the law and the Constitution of the nation. Imran Khan, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, adopts an appeasement posture toward the Tehreek-i-Taliban, which is prohibited, in contrast to his position (TTP). Imran criticised the government for making “irresponsible statements” against the Afghan government, which the TTP has ideological ties to, and warned that a deterioration in relations might result in a “never-ending” struggle against terrorism. Terrorism has been resurfacing in the nation over the last few months. The TTP, which has its basis in Afghanistan, is thought to have planned and directed an increase in terrorist strikes in Pakistan.
Imran Khan asserts that there are various TTP groups, some of which are amenable to rehabilitation and are prepared to lay down their weapons. It was possible to rehabilitate some of the TTP groups. The state has the right to employ force against others, but only as a last resort, Imran remarked in a BBC interview. But he is mistaken.
It’s a positive step that the new administration has made “no talks with terrorist organisations” a top priority. The idea that there is no political consensus on how to deal with resurgent terrorism has been reinforced by the statements made by two significant political leaders. Imran Khan has maintained that the TTP was “forced” to return to its old ways because Islamabad failed to keep the promises made to them during his administration, when ‘peace talks’ were launched with organisations operating out of Afghanistan. The PTI’s approach to the TTP has drawn harsh criticism from Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, who calls it simply “appeasement.” It is hardly unexpected that the TTP has been able to take advantage of the situation given the level of disarray within our ranks.
The issue has gotten worse since the Afghan Taliban gained control and freed numerous high-profile TTP terrorists. The nation’s security authorities worked tenaciously and valiantly in earlier years to eliminate this threat. The threat of terrorism did, however, grow as the Afghan Taliban seized control of Pakistan’s western border. The Taliban’s entry into Swat and many strikes in KPK and Balochistan are evidence of the deteriorating security situation.
If the Taliban follows through on their current threat, many military and police people who died defending the nation from them will have been in vain. Pakistan must eliminate this menace for good. Hina Rabbani Khar, the minister of state for foreign affairs, also travelled to Afghanistan to hold discussions with the Afghan administration. Although the focus of the discussions was on bilateral trade and assistance for Afghanistan, Pakistani delegates needed to speak with the Afghan Taliban about the TTP issue. The militant group TTP has strong ties to its Afghan equivalent, despite the Afghan Taliban’s claims that they do not support the latter’s actions. They want to enact the same laws that the Afghan Taliban did in that country.
The TTP is a direct threat to the Pakistani people, security services, and government. People in the nation do not need yet another undesirable issue because they are already dealing with political and economic problems. Before Pakistani citizens returned to the dark and dreary days of the 2010s when every nook and cranny of the country had witnessed a suicide bomb attack, the security situation needed to be tightened and the issue should be dealt with head-on.

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