Pajhwok Services

Photo Service

SMS News Service

Pajhwok combines its expertise and experience in news reporting with a telecom firm and thus reach a wider audience in an 
effective way.

To subscribe: 
English News Update : Send 83 to 824
Dari News Update : Send 84 to 824
Pashto News Update : Send 85 to 824

Election Coverage

Special Mining Page

Afghan Peace Process Special Page

Addvertise With Pajhwok

Daily Newsletter

Sending Time (GMT / Kabul time)

Suggest a Story

Pajhwok is interested in your story suggestions. Please tell us your thoughts by clicking here.

Pakistan peace talks begin on cautious note

Pakistan peace talks begin on cautious note

Feb 07, 2014 - 10:33

ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): The Pakistani government and the Talibaninfo-icon on Thursday held the first round of landmark peace talks aimed at ending a seven-year insurgency in the country.

Negotiators from both sides met at the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa House in Islamabad, the nation's capital, in an effort to chart a roadmap for future talks on how to conclude a peace deal.

At the end of four hours meeting, Maulana Samiul Haq read out a joint statement, in which the government committee demanded negotiations be held within the framework of the constitution.

The two sides agreed the scope of talks be limited to insurgency-hit areas, with government negotiators seeking an end to activities that might hamper peace efforts. Dialogue should be concluded in a short time.

Referring to the 10-member Taliban monitoring committee, government negotiators sought a clarification regarding the scope and authority of both TTP teams.

For its part, the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistaninfo-icon committee urged the government to clarify the mandate and level of authority of its four members body and its ability to implement a peace pact.

The Taliban team also demanded that meetings with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the army chief and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISIinfo-icon) chief.

The government’s negotiators include Irfan Siddiqui, special assistant to the prime minister, Rustam Shah Mohmand, a former Pakistan ambassador, senior journalist Rahimullah Yousufzai and Major (R) Amir Khan.

Maulana Samiul Haq, Maulana Abdul Aziz and Prof. Mohammad Ibrahim represent the TTP.


Related Article

Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.


Add new comment


Twitter Update