President Alvi says govt may offer amnesty to TTP who lay down arms

Arif Alvi said his government could consider amnesty for the Pakistani Taliban if their members lay down their weapons. Furthermore, he said that they must abandon their ideology and abide by its Constitution. In spite of this, Alvi acknowledged that the Pakistani Taliban were still a threat to Pakistan. Taliban representatives say TTP militants can stay in Afghanistan but cannot continue anti-Pakistan activities.

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Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan emerged in Pakistan’s tribal areas in 2007 as an umbrella organization of militant factions. It was however banned right after it was discovered that it was killing civilians and policemen with impunity. The terrorists killed more than 150 people, mainly children, at a school in Peshawar in December 2014. In October 2009, the group attacked the Pakistan Army’s General Headquarters.

Source: Arab News