The recent round of negotiations between the Pakistan Government and the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in June 2022, led by 53-member Grand Tribal Jirga, has triggered a debate in Pakistan regarding whether or not negotiating with the TTP is a bad choice for the state. Furthermore, public messages of the Islamic State of Khorasan Province (IS-K) revealed its soft spot for the TTP, hence defecting TTP elements can also strengthen IS-K in the region if not neutralised. In view of this, TTP in fact, also serves as a case study for its historical connection with the Afghan Taliban, al-Qaeda, and the IS-K in the region. Based on three main factors, the tendency for the success of negotiations is greater than it has ever been in past;First, IEA seeks international legitimacy and the Pakistan-TTP negotiation has now become a test case for them to demonstrate their commitment to the agreed upon Doha Agreement. TTP co-founder and senior commander Khorasani also completely supports the current negotiations, unlike 2014 when he sabotaged both sides’ dialogue.
Source: The Nation June 22, 2022 03:44 UTC