Women’s Action Forum expresses solidarity with the victims of the 2014 Peshawar school massacre



Members of Khawateen Mahaz-e-Amal, Women’s Action Forum (WAF), will continue their solidarity with the grieving parents and families of students and staff at the Army Public School (APS) Peshawar, The News International reported.
In a statement, the WAF said: “At this critical point, we reaffirm our continued solidarity with the parents of APS victims and staff. We reaffirm our promise to help them condemn and reject the Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). The government’s recent announcement of a hideous plan to appease Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP), its affiliates and offshoots through so-called “peace talks”, “forgiveness” and “reconciliation”.
“We agree with you that this is nothing more than an acceptance of the defeat and the pathetic surrender of a militant extremist unit that has declared war on the state of Pakistan, its constitution, its parliament, the judiciary and all institutions; who has vowed to take over the country by force and enforce its extremist version of a theocratic state; who violently occupied Swat for two years and ruled brutally until a full-scale military operation to liberate Swat was launched in 2009; with similar operations in former FATA districts, displacement of millions, especially from South and North Waziristan. We agree with your demand that the Pakistani government immediately suspend all ongoing and planned peace talks with the TTP, its offshoots and all other affiliates; along with plans for ‘forgiveness’ and ‘reconciliation’. “
“The PTI government has neither the mandate nor the legal right to ‘forgive’ the cold-blooded murderers of 80,000 Pakistani citizens against terrorism” by a self-respecting state, “the statement said.
“The blood of our loved ones cannot be shed in vain – neither at APS, nor at Aitezaz Hassan Bangash, nor among the 80,000 Pakistani civilians, law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and military personnel we have lost to these terrorists,” the WAF concluded.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is facing anti-aircraft guns after saying his government has started talks with some groups of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to get the group to lay down their arms, local media said.
Last Friday, Imran Khan said the government would “forgive†TTP members and they would become ordinary citizens if they lay down their arms.
Recently, in an exclusive interview with Japanese media company Mainichi Shimbun, TTP leader Mufti Wali Noor Mehsud welcomed the return of the Taliban to power in Afghanistan and said: “We hope for a strong relationship between the two of us.”
Experts believe that recent developments in Afghanistan have encouraged TTP members and want to bring Pashtun rule to Pakistan a reality. (ANI)



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