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Amnesty to terrorist groups within Pakistan insult to victims: Bilawal

He says Centre's leniency will encourage terrorists present in Pakistan. (Source: File)

KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has criticized the federal government’s “unilateral decision” to offer “amnesty” to terrorist groups within Pakistan, terming it an “insult to the victims of terrorism”.

Taking to Twitter on Friday, he said that the decision would encourage terrorist groups present in Pakistan. “The unilateral decision to offer amnesty to terrorist groups within Pakistan is an insult to the thousands of victims of terrorism,” wrote Bilawal.

“Imran Khan’s policy of appeasement to religious fascism within Pakistan as well as on our eastern & western borders will haunt us in [times] to come,” the PPP Chairman added.

Pakistan to respond ‘positively’, if TTP does

A day earlier, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had said that the interim Afghan government had declared an end to the war, and thus, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) should review its policies.

“Our issue with TTP is that they targeted innocent, unarmed citizens,” the foreign minister told a private news channel. He said the TTP should think about its future, keeping in mind its past actions, adding, “If the TTP responds in a positive manner, so will Pakistan.”

However, he said, if TTP respond negatively, “we will deal with them as we have before.” The foreign minister said Pakistan had time and again informed the ousted Afghan president Ashraf Ghani about TTP’s presence in Afghanistan and its involvement in terrorist activities, but his regime did not take action against them.

However, the incumbent government has provided assurances that Afghan soil would not be used against any country, including Pakistan, the foreign minister noted.

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