Pakistan Taliban Withdraws Peace Talks After Wali-ur-Rehman Killing, Another Challenge For The Future Government?

by
Fatimah Mazhar
Only when the people of Pakistan were given the benefit of relief by their future government leaders that there would not be any Taliban attacks or acts of terrorism for the time being, a U.S. drone attack destroyed it all.

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Reuters: Shot Deputy Pakistan Taliban Wali-ur-Rehman

Only when the people of Pakistan were given the benefit of relief by their future government leaders that there would not be any Taliban attacks or acts of terrorism for the time being, a U.S. drone attack destroyed it all.

Not that the killing of Taliban deputy commander Wali-ur-Rehman is something to be grieved or anything but it surely has destabilized the chances of peace talks with the militant organization who has been a thorn in the side of the innocent civilians of Pakistan for a long time now.

We previously reported that Wali-ur-Rehman had been poised to succeed Hakimullah Mehsud as leader of the Pakistani Taliban, a senior army official based in the South Waziristan region, had said in December. And now that the militant organization has lost their most important leader in the attack, they have decided to return the favor to the government of Pakistan by refusing to hold any peace negotiations.

Last week, Nawaz Sharif who is the prospective Prime Minister of Pakistan, called for peace talks with Taliban fighters at war with the government of the country. According to Sharif, terrorism is the most serious issue plaguing the nation right now and in order find a way out, it is necessary that peace negotiations be held with the Taliban.

The Pakistani Taliban are a separate entity allied to the Afghan Taliban. They are known as the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and have launched devastating attacks against the Pakistani military and civilians.

Leaders like Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif won the elections this year in May with an overwhelming support from the people of Pakistan primarily on the basis of promises made by the duo to restore peace and improve the situation of security in the country. And both of them, separately though, believe that the only way to achieve these two proposes is to negotiate with the very force that is causing all the trouble.

The drone strikes didn’t stop during the previous government in Pakistan which was unacceptable to the TTP and they reportedly carried out numerous terrorist attacks to destabilize the government. Though they were successful in disrupting the peace of the country they failed to topple the regime. And now that Obama has refused to halt future drone strikes and Wali-ur-Rehman is dead, we all can deduce what the next step for TTP is going to be. And it may not affect the future government as such, but it surely is going to affect the people. This means things are possibly going to get ugly again. And we are left with the same question over again: What is the Pakistani government going to do now?

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