‘Sanaullah says talks with TTP to be held under Constitution’

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From Senior Correspondent

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said that negotiations with outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) will be held under Constitution of Pakistan.

Addressing a press conference alongside Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb after meeting on national security chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif he said that “Detailed session was held on security situation, where military leadership briefed committee.”

Meeting of parliamentary committee took place at Prime Minister’s Office, where representatives from all coalition partners, security apparatus and other officials were present.

He without specifying a date said an in-camera session of Parliament will be called to take lawmakers into confidence regarding decisions related to national security.

A statement issued from PM’s Office after press conference stated that institutions overseeing national security briefed participants on overall security situation of country.

Meeting, according to statement was informed that Pakistan played a responsible and positive role for peace in Afghanistan.

“Meeting was told that Pakistan will continue its constructive role for peace and stability in Afghanistan. It also hoped that Afghanistan’s soil would not be used against Pakistan,” statement said.

Statement added that meeting was told that Afghan government is playing a mediator’s role in talks with TTP and negotiations are underway with a delegation that has members from civil and military leadership.

“Talks are in line with Constitution and final decision will be made under Constitution and approval from parliament,” statement said.

Moving on, Sanaullah responding to PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s allegations about amendments to National Accountability Bureau law said by amending law, government has abolished anti-graft watchdog’s ability to secure a 90-day remand. “PTI and Usman Buzdar will benefit from it as well.”

He said Khan claims that nobody can be arrested after amendments made to NAB law. “You (Imran Khan) should be happy, even if you can’t be arrested.”

“In your government, previous laws were still intact. What did you do? Against whom were you able to prove a case in last 3.5 years?” he asked.