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Prime Minister Imran Khan revealed in an interview with a Turkish TV that his government was holding talks in Afghanistan with some groups of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. There are different groups that make up TTP. Yes, we are talking to some of them.

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To a question if the Afghan Taliban are also helping you (Pakistan) in this regard? The prime minister said that since the talks were taking place in Afghanistan, They (the Afghan Taliban) are helping only to that extent. If the TTP groups that are in talks surrender, they will be forgiven and can live like ordinary citizens. When asked, "Do you expect any kind of agreement?" the premier said: "I want to say again that I do not believe in a military solution, as a politician I believe in dialogue". The host asked why Pakistani security forces are being targeted if talks are ongoing. On this, Imran Khan said, "We are negotiating. It was a fresh wave of attacks and we may not reach an agreement in the end, but we are negotiating."

Earlier, President Arif Alai and other key government officials were seen offering amnesty, but the prime minister announced the start of talks on Turkish TV. A group that martyred more than 80,000 Pakistanis, maimed thousands for life, left thousands of children orphaned and helpless, mothers abandoned and brides bereaved. Negotiations with this group and who formulated the policy of amnesty for them and where? Why was the people's representative forum Parliament excluded from this process? Those whom we called martyrs and have been composing songs in their memory for years. Can their blood be forgiven? A prime minister who used to call his predecessors Mughal emperors to ridicule dictatorship, has he now become the emperor himself?

Of course, no government official will have the answers to all these questions and he would not like to face such questions, so the decisions were made in closed-door meetings, the policy was made and the process began. But it is important to remind them that the state has already made similar efforts to bring murderers and terrorists into the national mainstream by declaring them as lost people.

When former Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif took over as the Prime Minister, he wanted to carry out this mission in good faith despite the acts of terrorism. He also formed a committee for negotiations which included Irfan Siddiqui, Rahimullah Yousafzai, Rustam Shah Mohmand and others. Now Imran Khan is the Prime Minister of Pakistan and being the chief executive of this country he has to take concrete steps and final decisions to ensure the safety of the lives and property of the people.

It is up to the Prime Minister to decide whether to respond to the enemies of peace with bullets or to bring them into the national mainstream by negotiating with them. It would be better if all the stakeholders were involved in this process. Whether it is America's 20-year war on terror in Afghanistan or the fight against the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), whether Imran Khan is in opposition or in government, he has always said that war is a problem and not the solution. Some of his critics have been calling him "Taliban Khan" for such things.

The PPP has strongly reacted to the Prime Minister's statement of talks with some TTP groups and demanded that a session of Parliament be convened. Sherry Rehman says: The confirmation of negotiations with the TTP is shocking and disturbing. Who are you to forgive TTP alone? The TTP has announced that it will not apologize, the government should explain the statement of the Prime Minister in Parliament. PML-N Senator Irfan Siddiqui has said that it is not appropriate to keep the government talks with the TTP secret. This is a sensitive national issue. In the Nawaz era, the talks were approved by the parliament. Negotiations with the TTP and the offer of a general amnesty without taking the nation and parliament into confidence have raised many questions.

In my opinion, the demand of the opposition is legitimate. They should have been taken into confidence on such an important and sensitive issue. If they were not taken into confidence, then it should be explained why the talks started at once. When and where was the decision made to pardon those who surrendered and allow them to live like ordinary citizens?

Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry gave some explanation on this. In a video statement, he said the state of Pakistan has gone through a river of fire and blood, we have sacrificed thousands of people, now we need to move forward. The policies of the state are formed in a specific background. Many people who have not been able to fulfill their pledge of allegiance to Pakistan want to return to fulfill this pledge. There are various groups in the banned TTP, including those who want to fulfill their pledge of allegiance to Pakistan. Those who to move forward by abiding by the constitution, we believe that such people should be given a chance by the state to return to the mainstream of life.

Nawaz Sharif also considered the people involved in the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban in his time as angry and misguided. That is why he wanted to find a way to peace through negotiations but then the tragedy of APS happened which changed everything. At that time, the state had to make tough decisions. Now that Fawad Chaudhry is referring to the new state policy in a new context, it is hoped that key stakeholders will be taken into confidence on this new policy, otherwise decisions taken in an atmosphere of mistrust may be reversed in the future. The banned Tehreek-e-Taliban and the people influenced by its ideology are a reality of our society which is very bitter.

It is important to acknowledge that extremism has become part of our society. Not all extremists can be bombed, nor can all be crucified. To deal with extremism, fundamental changes must be made in the state structure. Why is there extremism in society? The answer to this question must first be found. To change thinking, you have to change the environment, you have to teach yourself and the children of the enemy, but you have to decide what to teach.

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Oil tanker overturns on Karachi’s Baloch Colony flyover, one dead

Deceased was an employee of a private television channel

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Karachi: An oil tanker overturned on Karachi’s Baloch Colony flyover on Thursday, leaving a man dead, witnesses and rescuers said.

According to Sindh Emergency Rescue 1122, the incident took place due to overspeeding. A warning was issued that the spillage caused by the accident had posed a serious risk of fire.

The oil tanker hit another car as it overturned. The rescue operation was completed by 3pm and the tanker was removed from the flyover.

The deceased was identified as Asad Zaidi with the help of an ID card found on him. He worked for a private TV channel. Traffic disrupted due to the accident.

 

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‘Hurmat-e-Parcham’ campaign launched by federal ministers

They also wrote messages of love and affection for national flag at social media platforms

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Islamabad: The ‘Hurmat-e-Parcham’ campaign has been launched by Federal Ministers in reaction to the attack of provoked protesters on the Pakistani Consulate in Germany and the removal of the national flag.

Under the campaign, the Federal Ministers Thursday released their pictures along with the Pakistani flag on social media.

They also wrote messages of love and affection for the national flag at social media platforms.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Power Sardar Awais Leghari, Minister for Privatisation Abdul Aleem Khan, Minister for Industries and Production Rana Tanveer Hussain, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Attaullah Tarar and other Federal Ministers are among those who released their pictures on social media with the national flag.

The Minister for Information and Broadcasting posted a special picture holding the national flag on social media with the couplet: “May the moon and star keep shining. May this highest flag be ours. A clear message to the enemies of Pakistan!”

Attaullah appealed to the political workers, journalists, intellectuals, teachers, lawyers, students, businessmen, doctors, farmers, labourers and patriotic Pakistanis living abroad, and Pakistani youth to be a part of the ‘Hurmat-e-Parcham’ campaign.

He said the flag of Pakistan is a symbol of national identity and sovereignty, representing the unity and solidarity of the nation.

The minister stated the month of August is the month of Pakistan's independence, and we would continue ‘Hurmat-e-Parcham’ campaign.

The sanctity of national flag is a national responsibility and it is the duty of every Pakistani to follow it, added Tarar.

Minister for Petroleum Dr. Musaddik Malik, Minister of State for Finance and Revenue Ali Pervaiz Malik and Minister for Commerce Jam Kamal Khan also released their pictures while holding the national flag and the message 'Long Live Pakistan'.

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Typhoon Gaemi sinks freighter off Taiwan, barrels towards Chinese seaboard

It is strongest typhoon to hit island in eight years

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Taipei/Beijing: Typhoon Gaemi swept through northern Taiwan on Thursday, killing two people, triggering flooding and sinking a freighter before barrelling west across the Taiwan Strait towards China where it is expected to dump more torrential rain.

Gaemi made landfall around midnight on the northeastern coast of Taiwan in Yilan county. It is the strongest typhoon to hit the island in eight years and was packing gusts of up to 227 kph before weakening, according to the Central Weather Administration.

As of 12:15pm, Gaemi was in the Taiwan Strait and heading toward Fuzhou in China's Fujian province.

Gaemi would be the biggest typhoon to hit China's eastern seaboard this year, with its spiraling cloud-bands spanning most of the Western Pacific Ocean and fueling severe weather from the Philippines to Japan's Okinawa islands.

In Taiwan, the storm cut power to around half a million households, though most are now back online, utility Taipower said.

Some parts of southern Taiwan are expected to have recorded accumulated rainfall of 2,200 mm since Tuesday.

The typhoon is expected to bring more rain across Taiwan in its wake, with offices and schools as well as the financial markets closed for a second day on Thursday.

Trains will be stopped until 3:00pm, with all domestic flights and 195 international flights cancelled for the day. The high-speed train linking north and south Taiwan will re-open at 2:00pm.

Two people have died and 266 injured due to the typhoon, the government said. Taiwanese television stations showed pictures of flooded streets in cities and counties across the island.

Li Li-chuan, 55, saw the roof of her restaurant blow off in the northeastern Taiwanese city of Suao.

“I was frightened,” she told Reuters. “It was the strongest in years. I was worried that the roof would hit other people”.

Taiwan's fire department said a Tanzania-flagged freighter with nine Myanmar nationals on board had sunk off the coast of the southern port city of Kaohsiung and there had been no response from the crew. Search efforts were ongoing, it added.

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Chinese weather forecasters said Gaemi will pass through Fujian province later on Thursday and head inland, gradually moving northward with less intensity. But weather forecasters are expecting heavy rain in many areas as it tracks north.

Government officials have already prepared for heavy rain and flooding, raising advisories and warnings in the coastal provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang.

In Fujian, government officials have relocated about 150,000 people, mainly from coastal fishing communities, state media reported. As gale force winds picked up, officials in Zhoushan in Zhejiang suspended passenger waterway routes for up to three days.

Most flights were cancelled at airports in Fuzhou and Quanzhou in Fujian, and Wenzhou in Zhejiang, according to the VariFlight app.

Guangzhou rail officials suspended some trains that pass-through typhoon-affected areas, according to CCTV.

Meanwhile, north China is experiencing heavy rain from summer storms around a separate weather system.

Some areas in Beijing experienced heavy rain and emergency plans were activated, with more than 25,000 people evacuated, according to Beijing Daily. Some train services were also suspended at the Beijing West Railway Station.

SOURCE: REUTERS

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