Pakistan Army Turning to Military Option Against Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan After Talks Fail

Hast-e-Subh Pakistan Army Chief General Javed Qamar Bajwa says that the negotiations with Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were not successful and therefore, the Pakistan army is mulling a tougher stance against the outlawed group as militancy continues in the country.

The shift in the Pakistan army’s approach comes amid the three-month ceasefire, as TTP fighters return to Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa and Balochistan, Pakistani media reported.

“Directed formations to maintain operational readiness and efforts to counter terrorism, particularly in KP and Balochistan must continue,” said Pakistan Qamar Bajwa during the 250th Corps Commanders’ Conference.

Qamar Bajwa has considered the talks with TTP unsuccessful and has emphasized the military option and suppression.

The government of Pakistan and the TTP are currently in a three-month ceasefire, which was achieved with the mediation of the Afghan Taliban.

Last month, Pakistan sent a delegation of the country’s influential scholars to Afghanistan to continue negotiations with the TTP and to urge this group to peace and cease fire.

Earlier, Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud, the leader of the TTP, had stated that if the talks between this militant group and the Pakistani government fail, they will continue to attack the country’s security forces.

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