TTP negotiators awaiting govt contact: Ibrahim

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PESHAWAR: Professor Ibrahim Khan of the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) on Monday said no communication had been made by the negotiators representing the government towards those representing the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), adding that the TTP side was awaiting contact, . Khan, who is a member of the committee representing the TTP in the peace talks, said a deadlock currently existed on the issue. He said the TTP committee was waiting for government negotiators to establish contact which the latter hadn’t done so far.

Khan said the matter could not move forward without the two sides sitting together, adding that after reluctance from the government’s side, talks were now being carried on and analysed via television programs.

The JI member further said that a military operation was not the answer to the issue, adding that army action would lead to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people.

Khan’s statement came a day after military planes pounded bases and hideouts of militants in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency and, according to official sources, killed at least 30 fighters of banned organisations.