A delegation of Pakistani religious scholars headed by Mufti Taqi Usmani held a key meeting with the TTP delegation in Afghanistan earlier today. TTP delegation was led by TTP chief Noor Wali. Pakistani delegation had reached Kabul yesterday with the hope of a breakthrough in ongoing peace talks with the banned outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.

On last Friday, an important meeting took place at the Joint Staff Headquarters (JSHQ). This meeting was chaired by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Nadeem Raza. The meeting was attended by Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Zaheer and other senior officials of the armed forces. Participants of the meeting were briefed by corps commander Peshawar Lt General Faiz Hameed regarding talks with TTP.

After this meeting, a delegation of senior Pakistani clerics was sent to Kabul for “peace” talks. These talks started in October last year and there is no major breakthrough so far. The core demand of TTP is “undo the FATA merger” which was rejected by Pakistan. The Afghan Taliban government is facilitating these talks.

According to the Khurasan-based newsgroup, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has handed over an 8-page dossier to the Pakistani Ulema (Scholar) Delegation. The document is divided into two sections.
“The first section welcomes Mufti Taqi Usmani.
The second part of the document is based on these major points:
1. The war was not incited by us and it was imposed on us.
2. Pakistan was the coalition partner of the US.
3. The leadership of Pakistan does not follow the path of Sharia.
4. The establishment and leadership of Pakistan impose the constitution rather than the Sharia.
5. Pakistani leadership falls into the premise of promoting the ways of non-muslims
6. They (Pakistani leaders) follow a path that makes Jihad against them obligatory.”