South Asia

Peace talks held in North Waziristan

The government appointed committee and nominees of the Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) met the TTP leadership on Wednesday at a secret location in the North Waziristan tribal agency.

While the outcome of the meeting could not be independently confirmed, Dawn reported that the issue of an indefinite ceasefire and the release of non- combatant prisoners as demanded by the TTP were discussed.

The TTP it is said was positive about extending its month long ceasefire and also releasing captives as demanded by the government appointed committee. One of the main issues was whether the government committee with three bureaucrats and a former ambassador to Kabul Rustom Shah Mohmand had decision making powers. Tuesday's meeting with the TTP shura was postponed due to bad weather.

The talks went on for seven hours, news reports said. TTP nominees said the talks were a good omen and both sides will meet again after two days. Both sides are committed to the peace process, Prof Ibrahim and Maulana Samiul Haq, members of the TTP committee told reporters in Peshawar.

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