Pakistan offers amnesty to banned groups including Taliban
Pakistan will give a general amnesty to all banned groups, including the Pakistani Taliban, if they give up terrorism, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said in remarks published on Tuesday.
Islamabad: Pakistan will give a general amnesty to all banned groups, including the Pakistani Taliban, if they give up terrorism, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said in remarks published on Tuesday.
"If proscribed organisations agree to cooperate with the government and give up terrorism, they will be removed from the list of banned organisations," the Dawn newspaper quoted Malik as saying late Monday.
The minister said it was time for Tehrik-i-Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, whether he was physically fit or suffering from any disability, to apologize to the nation for killing innocents.
"Hakimullah, don't hide in one bunker or another. I announce a general amnesty for you if you stop killing innocent people. The enemies you are working for will kill you too one day," he said.
Malik said intelligence reports revealed that the Pakistani Taliban had "franchised" terrorism, and several groups involved in target killings and kidnapping for ransom were using the outfit's name.
'Avoid provocation when meeting men': Taliban order Afghan women to wear all-covering burqa in public
Taliban chief Hibatullah Akhundzada's decree also said that if women had no important work outside it was 'better they stay at home'
Last month came a sharp deterioration in relations between the two neighbours when Pakistan carried out airstrikes in eastern Afghanistan. Witnesses said the strikes hit a refugee camp and another location, killing at least 40 civilians
The decree calls for women to only show their eyes and recommends they wear the head-to-toe burqa