- Pakistan wants good relations with the United States and China, says Sheikh Rasheed.
- “We know who is good and who is bad,” the minister said.
- PPP management boarded the “Samjhauta Express”, he reveals.
ISLAMABAD: Reacting to reports of disarmament talks with certain factions of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) group, Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed said on Saturday that the cases of those involved in the massacre of the state army school is “different”.
The day before, Prime Minister Imran Khan, addressing TRT of the world Ali Mustafa in Islamabad, revealed that Pakistan was in disarmament talks with certain factions of the banned TTP, adding that the government wanted stability in the country amid rapidly changing conditions in Afghanistan.
Speaking to reporters, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed said, “We know who is good and who is bad. He argued that it is not appropriate to fight with those who have surrendered to adopt a peaceful life.
Sheikh Rasheed said the government is developing a strategy for the next 20 years, adding that the global scenario is expected to change soon.
“Pakistan wants good relations with US and China”
The Interior Minister stressed that Pakistan wishes good relations with the United States and China.
Speaking about the Afghan crisis, the minister assured that Pakistan would give all its support to face the crisis. “[The] The United States signed the agreement on [the] withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan but not from us, ”he added.
“PPP boarded the Samjhauta Express”
PPP management is smart because they boarded the “Samjhauta Express”, he revealed, adding that the PML-N will also board the train, but after being beaten.
“It is not necessary to discuss with the leaders of the opposition because they are facing cases of corruption,” said Sheikh Rasheed.
Calling inflation the government’s top priority, the minister pledged to resolve the issue quickly. He said the FIA has been tasked with cracking down on the dollar hoarders.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of the Interior declared that they would fight with the enemies of the country and pledged to eliminate the terrorist threat from the country at all costs.
Oil price, inflation
Regarding oil prices, the minister said that in Pakistan, the prices of petroleum products are much lower than in India and Bangladesh. Oil prices will fall if they reach a deal with Saudi Arabia, he added.
Providing affordable food and medicine to the masses is a top priority and the “national duty” of the government, the minister said.
Appointment of the head of the NAB
Sheikh Rasheed was of the opinion that it was not necessary to take the leader of the opposition in confidence about the appointment of the chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) because he was also facing cases of corruption.
Pakistan in talks with TTP factions: PM Imran
On October 1, Prime Minister Imran Khan said Pakistan was in disarmament talks with some factions of the banned TTP as the government seeks stability in the country amid a rapidly evolving situation in Afghanistan.
PM Imran Khan, addressing TRT of the world Ali Mustafa in Islamabad said, “I think some of the Pakistani Taliban groups actually want to talk to our government. You know, for a little bit of peace, for a little bit of reconciliation.
When asked to confirm whether Pakistan was indeed in talks with the TTP, the Prime Minister said that talks were underway “with some of them”.
He had said that the Afghan Taliban “help”, in the sense that the talks are taking place in Afghanistan.
The Prime Minister had said that these talks, for disarmament, if successful, would lead the government to “forgive” them, “and then they [will] become normal citizens “.
The Prime Minister noted that he had always believed that a non-military solution was the only way forward for Afghanistan – and he repeated this time and time again in national and international forums.