Pakistan: A pincer blow has struck Imran Khan. On one hand, the vicious Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has trapped him, while the Afghan Taliban is pursuing him on the other. This is the popular opinion in Pakistan, where people are upset and hurt by the announcement of a ceasefire agreement between the Imran Khan government and the TTP, a UN-designated terrorist group.
Before any negotiations for bringing the TTP into the national political mainstream can take place, the extremist group TTP should be held accountable for the killings of thousands of people, said Hina Jilani, Chairperson of Pakistan's Human Rights Commission, according to the Pakistani daily The News.
The opposition parties are also enraged that Imran Khan's secret pact with the TTP was kept hidden from them. "The issue is that the government has not taken parliament into confidence and has pursued talks with the TTP on its own, which is not acceptable. There is no need to choose between kinetic warfare and dialogue with extremists "Pakistan People's Party Chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari stated. He claimed that the only way to negotiate with the TTP is from a strong posture.