ISLAMABAD— Parliament will take the ownership of talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and the negotiations will move forward only under the Constitution, Federal Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah announced on Wednesday after a key meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security.
The meeting deliberated the ongoing talks with the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
Rana Sanaullah said that the meeting, presided by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, was attended by the heads of all political parties and the military leadership and the participants were “comprehensively” briefed about “the situation with the TTP” and the situation on the border with Afghanistan.
He said the details about the meeting would be announced in a press release to be issued later in the day.
He said the meeting decided that Parliament would be taken into confidence in an in-camera session. “The talks, which are happening, will move forward in the ownership and guidance of the Parliament. And a basic principle has been identified that the talks will be held under the Constitution and peace will be achieved under the law and the constitution,” said Rana Sanaullah.
The committee was briefed about the recent progress made in talks with the TTP.
Pakistan government and the banned TTP have been holding talks in Kabul for the past few months. The negotiations led to TTP announcing a ceasefire last month.
On June 3, Federal Information Minister Aurangzeb confirmed that Pakistan was holding talks with the TTP.