Army operation to displace millions, says Taliban committee member
Professor Ibrahim, a member of Taliban’s dialogue committee, has said that millions of people will behomeless due to army operation in the North Waziristan tribal region, local media reported on Monday.
The TTP negotiator said that it could not be ascertained either terrorists or innocent civilians are killed in the military airstrikes. Similarly, innocent people have lost their lives in the bomb blasts.
He added that government has not contacted him as yet.
Such actions from both sides will further deteriorate the situation, he said.
Professor Ibrahim’s comments came a day after a bomb planted near a bus stop killed 12 people including two women and a child in the city of Kohat in the troubled province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The attack came hours after Pakistan air force jets bombed militant hideouts in the tribal district of Khyber, killing 18 suspected insurgents and destroying two hideouts.
Peace talks between the Taliban and the government stalled last week due to a recent surge in insurgent attacks and a claim by a Taliban faction that it had killed 23 kidnapped soldiers.
Government mediators have set a Taliban ceasefire as a precondition for another round of talks.
But Shahidullah Shahid, a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, on Friday blamed Islamabad for the deadlock and urged the state to declare a ceasefire first.