Govt aware of ‘good, bad Taliban’, says Rashid


Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid on Saturday said the incumbent government was aware of “good and bad Taliban” and the matter of the individuals involved in the attack on the Army Public School (APS) is different.

Speaking to the media in Karachi, the minister confirmed the prime minister’s statement from a day earlier that high-level talks were in progress with the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

“The international political scenario is changing,” said the interior minister. 

The interior minister further said that no power could bypass Pakistan. “Pakistan wants an inclusive government in Afghanistan.”

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Rashid added that the foreign ministers of Pakistan and the United States were in contact on the Afghan situation.

“We are ready to even initiate talks with India over the issue of occupied Kashmir,” Rashid said.

While responding to a question regarding US President Joe Biden’s visit, he said, “we would welcome anyone who visits us but would also send peace on those who don’t”.

He noted that the American people were unaware of the Afghan situation and President Biden should respond to their queries.

Regarding the appointment of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman, the minister said, “it will be decided this week”. Prime Minister Imran Khan, he added, is rather worried about the current levels of inflation in the country.

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A day earlier, during an interview with the TRT World, Prime Minister Imran Khan revealed that the government of Pakistan was in the process of dialogue with some factions of TTP for “peace and reconciliation”.

To a question regarding the help the government was getting from the Afghan Taliban, PM Imran said yes, since the talks were taking place in Afghanistan.

The premier had added that some groups wanted to talk to the government for peace and reconciliation. “There are different groups which form TTP and we are in talks with some of the groups.”

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