PPP forms committee to discuss TTP’s ceasefire in parliament

PPP forms committee to discuss TTP’s ceasefire in parliament

Islamabad (Staff Report/Agencies): Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has formed a committee to engage other political parties for taking up ceasefire with Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) agreement in parliament.

The three-member committee formed by Mr Bhutto-Zardari comprises Qamar Zaman Kaira, Sherry Rehman and Farhatullah Babar.

Earlier, the PPP has served a show cause notice on its MNA Sajid Hussain Turi, who is also the minister for Overseas Pakistanis, for holding talks with the banned TTP without informing the party or parliament.

Sources said a special meeting of the PPP was held today (Saturday) to discuss the issue.

The sources said, in PPP’s view, it would have grave implications for national security to surrender before the TTP militants who publicly owned responsibility for mass murders of civilians and military personnel and vowed not to accept the Constitution and democratic institutions of the country.

According to media reports, the negotiations in Kabul between a Pakistani grand jirga and the banned outfit have advanced significantly as the TTP declared an indefinite ceasefire.

The TTP had also issued a statement addressing the ongoing discussions with the Pakistani jirga.