The Pakistani government’s negotiations with the outlawed group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have sown fear in the upper house of its parliament. Lawmakers noted on Thursday that lawmakers were unaware of when negotiations began and between whom they were taking place, The Frontier Post reported.
They demanded clarification from the government on the matter. The banned TTP which monitors the country’s national security informed an important meeting the day before at the prime minister’s office, attended by high-level political leaders. During Thursday’s session of the Upper House of Parliament, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) member Mushtaq Ahmed said a session on negotiations with the TTP was held at the Prime Minister’s office yesterday, during which representatives of certain political parties were present but not everyone. guest.
“This session made decisions related to the talks with the TTP. Therefore, there should be clarity and the house should be informed which session of the committee was it?” Ahmad asked. The parliamentarian said that if the session was of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS), then he is a member of it and he was not invited to the meeting.
“Was it a session of a parliamentary committee? If not, what is Parliament’s position on this issue? wondered Senator JI. Senator Ahmed added that the government had said it would inform Parliament of the negotiations. “What will be the use of it once (the State) has finalized it itself?” At the end of the meeting, the Prime Minister’s Office said that all negotiations with the TTP would be held in accordance with the Constitution and Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah assured that a closed session of Parliament would be convened. to give lawmakers confidence in decisions related to national security. , reported The Frontier Post.
Ahmed lambasted the government and asked if parliament was just a ‘rubber stamp’. For his part, Raza Rabbani, a member of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), whose party is a major player in the coalition government, said parliament was “always used as a rubber stamp”. Rabbani said a closed session of parliament should be called to brief lawmakers on the terms and conditions of negotiations with the TTP, The Frontier Post reported.
“I’m surprised that we can talk to the TTP, but production orders for MP Ali Wazir could not be issued so far despite several requests,” Rabbani added. In response, Azam Nazeer Tarar, Minister of Justice and member of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), which is the biggest stakeholder in the government, said Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had made it clear that the negotiations would continue. in accordance with the Constitution.
“The talks with the TTP will be held in consultation with Parliament and Parliament will be part of it,” he said. (ANI)
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