Bilawal calls on own govt to 'revisit' TTP strategy.

ISLAMABAD -- Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Friday called for revisiting the strategy to deal with the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban PakisAtan (TTP), which has stepped up terror activities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

'It is time to review decisions we took or we were made to take with regards to internal security and terrorism,' Mr Bhutto-Zardari said in response to a question about the resurgence of the TTP in KP, during a press conference at the Foreign Office.

'There is nothing wrong in admitting that we were wrong about a few things and right about some other things and re-examine our approach,' he said, adding that the residents of KP and South Waziristan had always supported peace and confronted terrorism.

'People of Pakistan made these terrorists run away and they feel, right or wrong, that some terrorists are returning and are protesting, which is their right. There is a need for re-calibrating our strategy for dealing with this issue in the context of the developments in the region,' the minister said.

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'I suggested to one of the questions before you that perhaps it is time for an in-camera internal review on decisions regarding terrorism and internal security.'

Mr Bhutto-Zardari said it was the government's responsibility to 'ensure peace, rule of law, and the writ of the state'. 'We can't afford a return to the dangerous days of terrorism.'

In reply to a question about war or negotiation being the only method available to deal with the TTP, he said: 'I never think it is as easy as black and white - either war or negotiation.' He said he had a 'different approach' to the issue from the previous government's decisions.

He said there was a significant increase in terrorist attacks after regional changes in the past year or so, referring to the Karachi University attack and numerous incidents in KP.

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