Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairperson Imran Khan at his residence on Wednesday and discussed the ongoing peace initiative with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Reports said that the two reaffirmed their faith in the dialogue process. A statement by PTI said that Mr. Sharif accompanied by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and government-appointed committee member Irfan Siddiqui met with the PTI leaders.

Mr. Khan was briefed on the latest developments and the Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also gave an overview of the situation in the province. Mr. Khan reiterated that the dialogue required a formalised structure to identify which groups were actually participating in this process. He said that the utmost concern should be for the safety and security of the over 600,000 civilians in North Waziristan Agency if the last resort of a military operation became a necessity.

There was also recognition by both sides about the importance of the media’s role in support of peace through dialogue, the statement said.