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Pakistani Taliban say no more extension in truce

Pakistani Taliban say no more extension in truce

Apr 17, 2014 - 00:28

ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): Criticising Islamabad for adopting “a mysterious silence” over peace talks, the Pakistani Talibaninfo-icon Wednesday said they had decided not to extend the ceasefire.

The banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistaninfo-icon (TTP) said the government had failed to respond positively to its ceasefire lasting more than 40 days.

The group’s spokesman Shahidullah Shahid, in a detailed statement, said the government had failed to respond positively to Taliban's 'realistic' demands of establishing a peace zone, release of non-combatants and suspension of security forces operation in tribal areas.

He claimed their more than 50 comrades were killed and over 200 arrested during hundreds of raids conducted against the movement despite the ceasefire.

He said the deadline for the ceasefire had expired six days ago but still there was a “mysterious silence” among the government ranks over peace talks.

In light of these developments, he said, the TTP Shurainfo-icon had unanimously decided not to extend the ceasefire any more.

He, however, added that the militant outfit would be willing to respond to any positive response from the government so that the peace process continued.

Moreover, the TTP Mohmand Agency chief, Umer Khalid Khurasan said that government was not serious about peace and the only way to implement true Shariahinfo-icon was jihadinfo-icon.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called an urgent meeting of the cabinet committee on national security on Thursday..

Federal ministers for defence, interior, information and adviser on national security had been invited to attend the meeting.

Chairman joint chiefs of staff committee, three services chiefs, DG IB, DG ISIinfo-icon are also expected to attend the meeting.



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