PAKISTANI TALIBAN IN TALKS WITH THE GOVERNEMMENT
He said 145 Taliban prisoners had been freed as a goodwill gesture and the authorities wanted a ceasefire. It is the first time a top Taliban commander has confirmed negotiations. There has been no government comment.
“Our talks are going in the right direction,” Reuters news agency quotes Maulana Faqir Mohammad as saying.
The recent decade in Pakistan witnessed several rounds of “peace talks”, “cease fire” agreements or “understanding” between various Islamic insurgency groups, generally representing tribal groups and the Pakistani authorities. But in the past such negotiations have backfired allowing the militants time to re-group.
There are also doubts about whether or not any possible peace treaty would be observed by all of the factions in the Pakistan Taliban, which is an increasingly fractured alliance.
The Pakistani army has conducted a series of offensives against strongholds of the Pakistani Taliban, or Tehrik-e-Taleban, along the mountainous border with Afghanistan.
But it has failed to curtail the activities of the group, which has ties to Al Qaeda. Militants in Pakistan have carried out a series of devastating suicide bombings and other attacks across the country since 2007 in an attempt to overthrow the US-backed government..
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