chaudhry: Pakistani government ready to give a chance for peace to militants who want to avoid violence: Minister Fawad Chaudhry

Islamabad: PakistanMinister of Information Fawad Chaudhry said on Tuesday that the government was willing to give a chance for peace to those militants who were willing to shy away from violence and accept the Constitution.
Informing the media after a cabinet meeting which, among other issues, discussed the prevailing security situation in the country, Chaudhry said some groups linked to the bandit Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) wanted to quit the violence and the government also wanted to give them a chance to return to normal life.
“There are various groups within the TTP; there are (some) ideologues, while there are others who have joined the organization under duress. The state of Pakistan wants to give its citizens a chance if all, some of them or a fraction of them “They want to go back and show their allegiance to the Constitution of Pakistan,” the minister said.
His remarks came the day after military leaders were briefed by lawmakers on the national security situation.
According to political sources, the army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa he clarified that the talks with the TTP would take place within the framework of the Constitution.
In the briefing it was said that the TTP should follow the Constitution, hand over its weapons and have its activists registered with the National Database Registration Authority (Nadra) to obtain national identity cards, according to sources.
Even the TTP in a statement acknowledged that a month’s ceasefire had been agreed since November 9 during talks with the government, which were going under the mediation of the Afghan Taliban.
Chaudhry said Monday that a ceasefire had been reached between the government and the banned militant group.
In his press conference, the minister said that the new government in Afghanistan Pakistan wanted to negotiate an agreement with the TTP. “We believe that the new authorities in the neighboring country want peace in Pakistan,” he said.
Speaking of Afghanistan, the minister said Pakistan will not accept the Taliban government until all regional powers agree to recognize the new Afghan administration. But he added that Pakistan will continue to provide aid.
He also said the government has decided to form a special fund to help Afghanistan deal with the looming food crisis.
Chaudhry also announced that Pakistan will send a sufficient amount of wheat and rice to Afghanistan and will also cut all taxes on imports from Afghanistan.


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