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.
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