Women Action Forum (WAF) has criticised Prime Minister Imran Khan’s announcement that Pakistan is in talks with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). In a statement, the WAF said that “..Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced negotiating a “peace deal” with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) when peace, as concept, policy and strategy, is neither part of TTP philosophy nor practice. Trained to kill, TTP only knows violence. It speaks no other language.”
It further said that the PM might have forgotten the victim of terror, but “the loss of 80,000 lives and agony of the survivors, remains fresh in our hearts, along with memories of TTP rule of terror in Swat and numerous attacks in ex-FATA districts – requiring repeated military operations.”
The statement also mentioned the ‘nightmarish’ murder of singer-dancer Shabana who was shot six times in her genitals as punishment for what TTP called an ‘immoral’ lifestyle).
“A 17 year old girl’s body pinned to the ground by bearded men as she was publicly, mercilessly flogged by another bearded man; destruction of hundreds of girls’ schools; attacks on schoolgirls like Malala Yousafzai, bravely claiming their Constitutional right to education. The very name of Khooni Chowk in Mingora – just one site of countless public beheadings of innocent Pakistanis – bears witness to the TTP’s brutal mindset and modus operandi,” the statement read.
Further, WAF noted that the TTP’s ouster from Swat, after army action, only temporarily contained militancy – but did not change the TTP’s extremist ideology and worldview, or end terrorist activities across Pakistan: bomb blasts in markets, hotels, mosques, imambargahs, churches, temples, gurdwaras, police stations, schools, hospitals, courts, buses, railways.