TTP deny secret peace talks with government

By AFP
Published: August 31, 2013
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Shahidullah Shahid, main spokesperson for the TTP told AFP that no contacts had been made between the group and any government official. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Shahidullah Shahid, main spokesperson for the TTP told AFP that no contacts had been made between the group and any government official. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

MIRANSHAH: A spokesperson for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Saturday denied reports that the government was holding peace talks with the insurgent group.

Media reports on Saturday ran headlines reporting the start of peace talks with the Taliban while some said there had been initial contacts with the militants

Shahidullah Shahid, main spokesperson for the TTP told AFP that no contacts had been made between the group and any government official.

“I categorically deny the holding of peace talks on any level between the Taliban and Pakistani government,” Shahid told AFP from an undisclosed location.

“No contacts have even been made between us, nor have we received any offer to initiate peace talks” Shahid added.

BBC Urdu, quoting an unnamed senior government official and a Taliban commander, also reported the beginning of peace talks.

“It is complete propaganda, the government must make it public if it has any proof of any such talks,” Shahid said.

The reports of peace talks emerged almost two weeks after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made an offer to the extremists in his first televised address to the nation since taking office after winning elections in May.

Previous peace deals have rapidly unravelled, and were criticised by the United States and at home for allowing militants space to regroup before launching new waves of attacks.

The Taliban last Saturday removed a key commander for welcoming Sharif’s call for dialogue.

Ismatullah Muaweea, the head of the TTP in Punjab province, had said the prime minister had shown maturity.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • WSJ
    Aug 31, 2013 - 7:23PM

    The only good Taliban is a dead Taliban.

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  • Fiz
    Aug 31, 2013 - 9:11PM

    To read between the lines: “the talks failed”. What else do you expect when you are dealing with twisted minds!

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  • Aug 31, 2013 - 9:47PM

    Dividing Taliban in separate compartments of good and bad is a useless argument.Both categories are the enemy of humanity.

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  • Bilal
    Aug 31, 2013 - 10:13PM

    For TTP’s info,they aren’t the only Taliban.Punjabi Taliban,Moulvi Nazeer and other groups can hold talks and are willing to talk with government.

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Aug 31, 2013 - 10:57PM

    Shame to you TTP man in the photo you are paid to kill and you no genuine case to take arm

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  • ABCD
    Aug 31, 2013 - 11:27PM

    WHAAt??!?!? Then who in the world has the maulana been talking to all this time….oh these silly phone company people….connected the wrong number again!!

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  • Khawar
    Sep 1, 2013 - 12:04AM

    Taliban are habitual liars & so are the people negotiating with them. The Taliban are shrewd liars whereas the others are lousy liars

    The choices we have.
    Ameen

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  • Masood Khan
    Sep 1, 2013 - 12:25AM

    Long time back I read one Bengali poem wherein a boat sailed all night but it was found at the same dock in the morning–sailor forgot to un-tie the rope

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  • Mirza
    Sep 1, 2013 - 8:06AM

    TTP is negotiating from the position of strength and would not be taken for a ride by the govt. They want to implement their brand of Sharia and would not stop at anything less. While Afghan Taliban are fighting for “freedom” TTP is fighting against Pakistan and its people. There is no other reason for TTP to be active in Pakistan and wage a war on us.

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