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Pakistan Won’t Hold Talks with TTP: Foreign Office

Pakistan’s Foreign Office announced on Thursday that no discussions with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a banned organization, occurred, according to local media.

Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, the spokesperson for the Foreign Office, made the announcement days after Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid offered to arbitrate between the TTP and Pakistan owing to rising tensions, particularly after the latter brokered a ceasefire last year, Dawn reported.

“If Pakistan wants us to mediate, and we know that it is beneficial, we will undoubtedly mediate as it benefits the region, and we do not want war in the region,” Mujahid said.

The Afghan officials denied the presence of TTP in the country and reaffirmed that the de facto authorities would not allow any group to use Afghan soil against other countries.

“Pakistan will not negotiate with individuals responsible for killing Pakistani civilians and law enforcement officials,” the FO spokesperson said.

The Pakistani government would not hold negotiations with terrorist outfits that disrespect the country’s laws and the Constitution, according to Bilawal, who stated this in a January interview with The Washington Post.

Pakistan has seen a rise in terrorist activity in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, and Punjab since the TTP broke its truce on November 28 last year.