TTP refuse to extend ceasefire, will continue talks


MIRANSHAH: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Wednesday said they would not extend a ceasefire called to help negotiations with the government but said they were still committed to the peace talks process.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) announced a one-month ceasefire at the start of March as the government sought a negotiated end to their bloody seven-year insurgency.

The TTP later extended the ceasefire, but complained there had been “complete silence” from the government since then and hinted that the military was trying to thwart talks.

“TTP’s central shura (council) has unanimously agreed not to extend the ceasefire,” the group said in a statement.

“However, the talks process will continue with complete sincerity and seriousness, and whenever a clear development comes from the government side, the TTP will not hesitate to respond with a serious move.”

The announcement comes three days after Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the process was about to enter a “comprehensive” phase.

Source: AFP

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