The previous head of the ISI, Lt. Gen. Faiz Hameed, sought to bring the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants back to the country. However, his plan backfired, a Pakistani minister said on Sunday.
Federal Human Rights Minister Riaz Pirzada claimed that Army generals proposed resetting TTP members in Pakistan, as the Dawn News program reported.
“At that time, Gen Faiz had suggested that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan should be brought into the mainstream, but it backfired,” said the minister.
The statement said that the minister made his remarks a day after PTI leader Shireen Mazari allegedly said that retired Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa sought to “resettle” TTP members in the country.
Pakistani politicians’ remarks on the resettlement of the TTP in the country come at a time when Pakistan has substantially deteriorated security.
The recent attack on the Karachi police chief’s office last Friday night left at least eight killed and many injured. Meanwhile, the TTP militants have warned the Pakistani government of more attacks against police officials and the army.
The country is suffering from insecurity and an economic crisis that has narrowed down the military manoeuvre against the militants. On the other hand, Pakistani officials have announced they are concerned about the TTP hideout on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Nevertheless, the Taliban-led government has refused any anti-Pakistani elements hideouts in the country.