Pakistan Reader# 410, 19 November 2022
On 18 November, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari called on the government to rethink its deal with the Tehreek-i-Taliban (TTP) which has increased its terror activities in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region. He said that it is imperative to “review decisions” that the government has taken, with regards to internal security and terrorism. He mentioned that it “is not wrong to admit” that the government was wrong in some decisions, and said that it was time for the government to re-examine a few things. He emphasised the recalibration of their strategies and said that the people of the country possess the right to know the whereabouts of terrorists and protest against their return.
Bilawal suggested measures to counter the problem, and said that an in-camera internal review of decisions regarding internal security and terrorism would help the government progress with their strategies, and ensured the people of their “peace, safety, and writ of the state”. He said that the country cannot “afford to return to the days of dangerous terrorism”. Additionally, he said that dealing with the TTP could only commence through negotiation or war. This comes as talks between the government and the TTP which started in October broke down in December. He said that there is a deadlock between the two sides. (Baqir Sajjad Syed, “Bilawal calls on own govt to ‘revisit’ TTP strategy,” Dawn, 19 November 2022