An Agenda of Vi­o­lence

De­spite an of­fer of peace talks, the TTP con­tin­ues its strat­egy of ter­ror­ism. The time has come for the Pakistan govern­ment and mil­i­tary to change tac­tics.

Southasia - - REGION PAKISTAN - By Javed An­sari

It is quite an­noy­ing for the av­er­age per­son to note that the Pakistan govern­ment seems to be cool­ing its heels – or is con­fused – over the talk of­fer made by the Tehrik-e-Tal­iban Pakistan (TTP) some time back. The All Par­ties Con­fer­ence (APC) that was sub­se­quently con­vened in Is­lam­abad to flesh out the mat­ter and chalk out a strat­egy also ap­pears to be an eye­wash.

On the face of it, the im­pres­sion is that it has been all talk and no ac­tion on the part of Mr. Nawaz Sharif and his govern­ment. Per­haps it was this si­lence that prompted the TTP leader, Hakimul­lah Mehsud, to in­vite a BBC re­porter for a rare in­ter­view. While bomb at­tacks and killings con­tin­ued across Pakistan, the TTP chief had no qualms in say­ing that the Pakistan govern­ment was not quite se­ri­ous about go­ing ahead with the talks. Hakimul­lah Mehsud said things to the ef­fect that he did not have much con­fi­dence in the in­ten­tions of the Pakistan govern­ment since he had not seen any se­ri­ous move from the other end and that mes­sages had only come to him through the me­dia. This, he seemed to say, was not enough and not ac­cept­able for him and his group.

It was quite strange though that

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