Islamabad, Jan 25 (PTI) Pakistan’s opposition leaders have criticized the Imran Khan-led government for having an “appeasement policy” against terrorist organisations.
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed had said that the government was ready for talks with the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). After this the opposition leaders targeted the government.
Opposition leaders slammed the government during a discussion in the Senate, the upper house of parliament, on Monday, saying the idea of dialogue with those challenging the country has encouraged extremist groups, Dawn newspaper reported.
According to the news, opposition leaders criticized the government for its “appeasement policy” towards terrorist organisations.
The news said that he expressed concern over talks with the TTP, which were taking place through the government of Afghanistan, which was not recognized by any country in the world.
Earlier, addressing the Senate, Ahmed said the government was ready to hold talks with the TTP, but warned against any group posing a threat to the country’s national security, the Express Tribune reported. Strict action will be taken.
He said that Pakistan has seen an increase in the number of terrorist incidents since the Taliban’s capture of Kabul on August 15.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader and former Senate chairman Raza Rabbani said the country was patronizing extremist right-wing forces and religious groups. He said the TTP continued to violate the ceasefire agreement, but the government still maintains that its doors are open for talks.
Responding to the opposition, Ahmed said that no talks are taking place with the TTP at present as their demands are considered against the security interests of the country.