Rabbani wants parliament to steer talks with TTP.

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senator Mian Raza Rabbani on Monday has said that the talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) needed to be made part of a national debate in which parliament, experts, military commanders who fought against them and civil society are a part of the debate.

Rabbani issued a statement wherein he maintained that making peace with the TTP will have far-reaching consequences on the constitutional boundaries of the federation within, on the creation of a parallel justice system, the rule of law and the constitution.

The two tribal jirgas sent to negotiate cannot be a replacement for the collective wisdom of parliament, he said.

The parliament has always risen beyond party lines while considering matters of national security, be it the terms of engagement with the US or operations against terrorists in Swat, Khyber and Waziristan, the PPP senator added.

According to Rabbani, the Pakistani people have the right to decide their future; therefore, let a consensus decision be arrived at through a debate in which the parliament leads.

A day earlier, PPP...

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