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Will peace talks with TTP succeed?

On June 2, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) announced an indefinite ceasefire with the Pakistani government, which confirmed it had initiated peace talks with the banned group.  

This is a decisive step for the Pakistani military establishment. If the talks are successful, many potential threats will be averted. A peace agreement would help to stabilize security, but for that the previous security policies will have to be abandoned. If Pakistan intends to play a new proxy game, it would surely plunge its military into a quagmire.

On condition of anonymity, three people involved in the peace talks with the TTP told me that military officers had pressed them for the withdrawal of only one demand, the restoration of former status of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), where the president of Pakistan was the chief executive authority and the region was administered under the Frontier Crime Regulation (FCR). The rest of the demands of the TTP will be looked at by the military itself.  

Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has also expressed concerns on negotiations with the TTP. He said talks with the Taliban should be held within the framework of the constitution by taking Parliament into confidence.




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