Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has confirmed that the Afghan Taliban are mediating peace talks between Islamabad and the Pakistani Taliban movement.
Speaking to TRT World during an interview, Khan said “There are different groups which form the TTP and some of them want to talk to our government for peace. So, we are in talks with them. It’s a reconciliation process.”
Responding to a question on whether the Afghan Taliban were acting as mediators between the TTP and Pakistan, the premier said: “Since the talks were taking place in Afghanistan, so in that sense, yes.”
Emphasizing that dialogue was the only way out in the case of Afghanistan too, Khan said “I am anti-military solution, and as a politician, I believe political dialogue is the way ahead.”
Furthermore, Khan confirmed that the Pakistani Taliban are conducting attacks on Pakistani security forces amid ongoing peace talks.
Without disclosing further information regarding the progress of the talks, Khan said “We might not reach some sort of conclusion or settlement in the end but we are talking.”
The militants have been conducting sporadic attacks against the government and Pakistani forces despite they were suppressed during a large scale operation in 2014.
The militants have carried out numerous attacks during the recent months, targeting both the security forces, as well as the Chinese nationals who were working on CPEC project.