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Pak elders move to initiate talks with Taliban

Pak elders move to initiate talks with Taliban

Mar 02, 2013 - 11:49

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Top administrators of all tribal regions in northwestern Pakistaninfo-icon have been directed to supports a tribal jirgainfo-icon to pave the way for peace parleys between the government and the Talibaninfo-icon, reports said on Saturday.

An all-parties conference -- hosted by the JUI-F and attended by mainstream political parties as well as civil societyinfo-icon groups in Islamabad -- mandated the 87-member tribal jirga to negotiate peace with the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

After a meeting with members of the jirga, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Eng. Shaukatullah told journalists in Peshawar late on Friday night he had ordered all political agents to cooperate with the forum of elders in its efforts for making peace with the fighters.

While hoping the jirga’s peace efforts would come to fruition, he said they had discussed modalities and strategy for talks with the militants, according to Dawn newspaper.

Jamiat Ulemainfo-icon-i-Islam leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who also attended the meeting, said they had shared with the governor their peace strategy. The main objective of the jirga was to initiate result-oriented dialogue, he added.

About compensation for victims of the war on terror, the pro-Taliban politician said the governor had announced a grant of Rs10 million for setting up a trust fund for helping the relatives of martyrs.

PAN Monitor/mud


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