Pakistan Offers Lashkar- Taiba and Others Group For Peace Talks

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan government offered militants organizations to negotiate with the state   if they are ready to give up their armed activities. Pakistan has banned and watch listed more than 30 militants and sectarian organizations.

“If the proscribed organizations assure us that they have closed down their militant wings and abandoned extremism, and then we would like to meet them in next few days,” interior minister Rehman Malik told reporters”.


Rehman Malik offered this including Laskhar Taiba a militant banned organization that changed its name as Jammat Dawa before blacklisted by United Nations after Mumbai attacks. Both Indian and USA blames Lashkar Taiba and Hafiz Saeed its chief for Mumbai attacks in which 166 people were killed, a charge which Hafiz Saeed denies.


Rhman Malik claimed that we have been contacted by several banned organizations that want to sit and talk. If they want to give up militancy we will talk to them as we are revising the list of proscribed organizations.


According to an AFP tally, Islamist militants have killed more than 4,900 people across Pakistan since government troops raided an extremist mosque in Islamabad in July 2007. The military says more than 3,000 soldiers have died. There were about 120 bomb attacks in Pakistan in 2011, up from 96 in 2010, but fewer than the 203 in 2009, according to an AFP tally.


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