India Slams Bilawal Bhutto's 'Uncivilised' Remarks Against Modi

Bilawal Slams Shehbaz, Forms Committee As TTP Announces Ceasefire

India Slams Bilawal Bhutto's 'Uncivilised' Remarks Against Modi

Upon Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) announcement of a ceasefire, Foreign Minister and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Sunday slammed the Shehbaz government and formed a three-membered committee as he decided to take up the issue in the parliament.

The three-member committee formed by Bhutto-Zardari comprised of Qamar Zaman Kaira, Sherry Rehman and Farhatullah Babar, Dawn reported.
The banned TTP formally announced an indefinite ceasefire with Pakistan following two days of talks with a grand tribal jirga in Kabul this month, with a major condition of reversal of the merger of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to cut any peace deal with Pakistan.

Considering the parliament as the best forum for a conversation on the issue, the PPP meeting discussed questions like the purpose of the entire exercise, the forces behind it, and the desired objectives, as well as the issue of terrorism in the country, particularly in the light of recent developments in Afghanistan involving Afghan Taliban and the banned TTP.

Pakistan has long supported the Taliban, thinking that it will boon Islamabad’s security but it has only posed risk to the country. Since the Taliban returned to power, TTP has launched over 124 terrorist attacks in Pakistan.

“If we have to talk to them, we should only negotiate on the terms of surrender,” Former corps commander and inspector general (IG) of Frontier Corps retired Lt Gen Tariq Khan said while speaking to Dawn.

He further said that the condition of the TTP about the reversal of Fata’s merger only raises questions on how a militant group can demand to govern a part of Pakistani territory.

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has ordered the country’s premier spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), to screen civil servants before their appointments, postings and promotions

This decision comes as the country is deep into political instability and has corruption at stumping levels.

Pakistan slipped three spots to rank 120 out of 180 countries in the global Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2019 released by Transparency International. The country was assigned a score of 32 on a scale of zero to 100 — with zero being highly corrupt — which is 11 points lower than the global average of 43.

This year’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) shows corruption is more pervasive in countries where big money can flow freely into electoral campaigns and where governments listen only to the voices of wealthy or well-connected individuals. (ANI)

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