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No woman or child taken into custody, says Pakistan military

The Pakistani military on Saturday dismissed as baseless the Taliban’s allegations that women and children were in the custody of security forces, describing it as “propaganda” by the banned group.

The military’s media wing categorically rejected Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan’s allegations about women and children being in the custody of security forces.

Chief military spokesman Maj Gen Asim Bajwa said not even a single woman or child is in custody of security forces.

“In fact women and children have never been detained.

This baseless accusation by TTP is a mere propaganda to divert the attention from real issue of their blatant and dastardly acts of terror across the country,” he said in a statement.

The Taliban had earlier claimed the military has detained women, children and senior citizens.

They had demanded that such persons should be released as a confidence building measure ahead of a possible ceasefire.

Bajwa’s comments came days after the government suspended a peace process with the Taliban after militants executed 23 troops. The military has carried out air strikes on Taliban hideouts in the northwest that have killed over 40 terrorists.

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