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Pakistan not to have talks with TTP: FM Bilawal Bhutto

Pakistan not to have talks with TTP: FM Bilawal Bhutto

Pakistan not to have talks with TTP: FM Bilawal Bhutto
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  • FM Bilawal said Pakistan will not talk to TTP
  • He stresses to work with Afghan government
  • He also slammed Imran Khan for giving space to TTP
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Foreign Minister (FM) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said Friday that Pakistan new leadership, both political and military, will have no talks with terrorist organizations that don’t respect the country’s laws and constitution.

“I am confident that if we can work with the Afghan interim government, which has influence over these groups, we will be successful in maintaining our security,” he said in a wide-ranging interview with The Washington Post’s senior Associate Editor, Lally Weymouth, in Davos, Switzerland where he is attending the World Economic Forum.

Slamming the PTI chief, the foreign minister said Imran Khan gave TTP a place to hide, not only did he release their prisoners who were in Pakistan’s custody, but also engaged in a dialogue with them.

“He (Imran Khan) has always been ideologically sympathetic to their point of view,” he added.

To a question whether Pakistan had hoped that the new Afghan government would act against the TTP, FM Bilawal said, “Our hope, and in fact, their agreement was that their soil would not be used for terrorism. “We do hope to cooperate with them to deal with terrorists that are a concern to us.”

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“We are both victims of terrorism. I don’t believe that the Afghanistan government will be successful on its own against terrorism, and neither will we be successful on our own against terrorism. We have to work together.”

Also asked whether he could become prime minister this year, FM Bilawal said that he would have to win an election first.

“Obviously,” he added, “My party will be hoping that we win. My party has its own manifesto, and given the challenges that Pakistan faces, I believe that our manifesto speaks best to the country’s key problems, such as inflation and unemployment.”

“However, I don’t believe that any one party will be able to solve all of Pakistan’s problems. If [our party wins the most votes], I will seek to form a government as prime minister and have a coalition.’

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