Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan has yet again made the headlines after he said that his government is holding talks with some groups of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Pakistan’s Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has defended Prime Minister Imran Khan after his statement. The statement of Khan has drawn much criticism.

During an interview, PM Khan revealed that his government has been holding talks with some groups of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and have asked them to lay down their weapons and agree to adhere to the country’s constitution. He mentioned that a few groups wanted to talk with his government for peace. “So, we are in talks with them. It’s a reconciliation process,” Khan said. He outlined that dialogue is the only solution, and the government is certain to forgive them. However, he expects a deal to come out of the talks.

Defending PM Khan’s statement, Chaudhry said that it is important that the “background of the statement is presented before you”. Under certain circumstances, he outlined that some people had failed to honor their allegiance with the state of Pakistan, however, now, they want to return to honor this allegiance.

“The state of Pakistan has gone through a river of fire and blood. We have sacrificed thousands of people. As a result of these sacrifices, we have defeated terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda on the one hand and eliminated India’s sinister designs on the other,” Chaudhry said.

According to data drafted by the South Asia Terrorism Portal, terror attacks in Pakistan have increased after the Taliban recaptured Afghanistan. Pakistan witnessed at least 35 terror attacks that killed 52 civilians in August alone, the highest since February 2017, and most of these attacks have been attributed to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an offshoot terror outfit of the Taliban.

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