Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader and Minister for Overseas Pakistanis Sajid Hussain Turi has been issued a show-cause notice by the party over his presence at the negotiations with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), without duly informing the party leadership and the Parliament.
According to a report by The News, the PPP is set to have a special meeting today to discuss the issue, and sources within the party have said that party Co-Chair Asif Ali Zardari will also be present at the meeting.
The party is against surrendering to the TTP militants, believing that giving in to a group that has publicly claimed responsibility for mass murders of civilians and military personnel and pledged not to accept the country’s Constitution, would pose a serious threat to national security.
An anonymous senior PPP leader said that there seemed to be wheels within wheels in the state apparatus and that it was reckless and potentially hazardous to the country’s national security to conduct such a serious exercise without informing the parliament, political parties, and other stakeholders.
Previously, the TTP had announced an indefinite ceasefire between itself and the Pakistani government, after a 50-member tribal jirga had joined the negotiations.
Some key demands being made by the TTP during the talks included the reversal of the FATA merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, introduction of Sharia regulation in Malakand, presidential pardon to two key militant TTP commanders as well as the disbandment of the TTP as a militant group.
According to sources, the Pakistani government is not willing to discuss the reversal of the FATA merger, claiming that doing so would be unconstitutional.