Pakistan ready to pardon TTP if surrender

"If those guys come and start creating problems for us over here, it will affect innocent lives and we don't want that," Qureshi said while referring to the TTP.

ISLAMABAD – Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that the government would be “open to giving”a pardon to members of the outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) if they end their terrorist activities and surrender to government’s writ.

Speaking to The Independent, the foreign minister expressed concerns overs the release of TTP militants from prisons in Afghanistan following the Taliban’s takeover.

“If those guys come and start creating problems for us over here, it will affect innocent lives and we don’t want that,” Qureshi said while referring to the TTP.

He said that “if [the TTP] are willing to mend fences and not take the law into their hands and not get involved in terrorist activities and they submit and surrender to the writ of the government and the Constitution of Pakistan, we are even open to giving them a pardon.”

“But as long as they do not come and start undertaking terrorist activities [in Pakistan]. That is our concern,” he emphasised.

He appreciated the Afghan Taliban administration’s announcement that they would not allow any terrorist outfit to use their soil against any country, including Pakistan.