Parleys with TTP to be carried out within constitutional ambit: Sanaullah

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb on Wednesday said that dialogues with the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) will be carried forward following ownership of the parliament and within the Constitutional ambit.

“Any final decision in this regard will be made within the contours of the Constitution and the approval of parliament,” Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb informed while addressing a press conference after in-camera meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC).

Both the ministers said that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will take the parliamentarians into confidence regarding the NSC meeting in an in-camera session of parliament to be held soon.

Talking about the NSC meeting, they said that an in-camera meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) held a detailed discussion on the talks with the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the situation along the Pak-Afghan border.

The participants met in Islamabad on Wednesday with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in the chair.

National, parliamentary and political leadership, members of parliament and the military leadership attended the NSC meeting.

Those in attendance were briefed about the overall security situation including the internal and external security threats, and the steps being taken by security institutions to deal with them.

The meeting was briefed about the background of talks with the TTP and the different phases of it.

The talks, participants were informed, are facilitated by Afghan authorities and negotiations are being held within the framework of the Constitution.

The political leaders expressed their satisfaction over the strategy and progress made in this regard so far. The meeting was also briefed on the administrative matters of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

The leadership expressed the confidence that the Afghan soil won’t be allowed to be used against Pakistan.

It noted that the country’s sacrifices in the war against terror had been acknowledged by the world. The participants also noted that there was no organised network of terrorists in the country.

Rana Sanaullah and Marriyum Aurangzeb told the media that that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will soon take the parliamentarians into confidence regarding the NSC meeting.

Replying a question about former prime minister Imran Khan’s diatribe about NAB law amendments, Sanaullah said the law had been amended as per the spirit of the Criminal Procedure Code, bringing the remand period down from 90 to 14 days.

He added that every citizen, including the ‘frontmen’ of former premier Imran Khan, will benefit from the amendments.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) stalwart said Imran is trying to mislead the nation regarding NAB reforms to strengthen his narrative.

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