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No decision on Waziristan offensive: Pakistan

No decision on Waziristan offensive: Pakistan

May 27, 2014 - 12:42

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Pakistaninfo-icon government on Tuesday said no decision had been taken to launch a military operation against the Talibaninfo-icon in the tribal region of North Waziristan near the Afghanistaninfo-icon border.

The process of dialogue was facing a pause because of infighting among Taliban groups, the interior minister acknowledged, saying the negotiations had produced positive results in terms of a decline in terrorist activities.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told The News that the announcement of a ceasefire by the outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was a major achievement. During the truce, the group condemned terrorist attacks in Islamabad.

The option of a military operation would be exercised with the consultation of political leaders, who had mandated the government last year to pursue dialogue with the fighters.

He denied differences between civil and military leadership on the issue of peace talks. Some foreign news agencies were running baseless stories about the so-called mismatch of perceptions.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud


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