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April 18, 2014

Nisar summons TTP reps tomorrow to discuss ceasefire

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April 18, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has summoned the meeting of Taliban and government committees on Saturday to discuss latest Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) announcement of not extending ceasefire.
Sources said that the meeting would pave the way for the next round of face to face negotiations with the TTP shura inside tribal areas. The meeting, the sources said would also discuss the issue of ceasefire as the government and the TTP intermediaries committee has received TTP announcement in bewilderment. Commenting on the announcement Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Thursday, the government had worked sincerely to push the dialogue process forward, citing the government negotiation team visit to South Waziristan as an example, adding that the ending of the ceasefire questions objectivity of dialogue.
The TTP intermediaries find them clueless about how to persuade the TTP to agree to a permanent ceasefire as in their view the negotiations process will take quite some time and temporary truce cannot provide atmosphere of understanding. This also put to question the prowess of the intermediaries to even reach the TTP for consultations on day to day issues.
It is quite interesting to see that none of the three intermediaries have any contact with the TTP Shura Chief of the committee Maulana Samiul Haq. Earlier on Wednesday, Tehreek-e-Taliban said they would not extend a ceasefire called to help peace negotiations with the government, but insisted they were still committed to the talks process.