Tehreek-e-Taliban say 'no contact' yet over talks

Government is making announcements only by media, no peace talks have started, TTP spokesperson states.


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TTP spokesperson says government is making announcements only by media, no peace talks have started. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

MIRANSHAH: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said Friday they have had "no contact" with the government, a day after officials said a process to initiate peace talks had been started.

The government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been edging towards peace talks to end the TTP bloody six-year struggle against the state, which has left thousands dead.

Last month Nawaz won the backing of the main political parties to go ahead with dialogue, and the powerful army chief has voiced his support.

Officials said Thursday that the "process of dialogue" had started but no formal talks had taken place yet.

TTP spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid told AFP on Friday that there had been no overtures.

"No one has yet contacted us. The government is making announcements only by media, no peace talks have yet been started," Shahid said.

"The beginning of peace talks means sitting at a table and discussing issues, no such thing has yet happened."

After the political parties gave their backing to talks, the TTP issued a list of preconditions including the release of all its members held in  jails and the withdrawal of troops from the tribal areas along the Afghan border, where the militants have hideouts.

Shahid on Friday reiterated these demands and said the government must fulfil them to prove they are serious about talks.

COMMENTS (21)

Sahibzada Abrar Naeem | 9 years ago | Reply

i thinkthe government led the nation astray by giving the impression of initiating peace talk with the TTP,bt the same time it was targetting strong holds of the TTP for the pleasure of united states.The killing of TTP leader represents a major set back and it also represents a major obstacle to the governments efforts to begin peace talk to ends the TTP,S insurgency.

Drone | 9 years ago | Reply

Party is over for TTP. Real civilized people are wasting the animals..

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