Peace talks: TTP shura agrees to meet govt committee

Published: February 13, 2014
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Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Affairs Irfan Siddiqui. PHOTO: AFP

Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Affairs Irfan Siddiqui. PHOTO: AFP

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) political shura (advisory council) has agreed to directly meet the government talks committee, Express News reported on Thursday.

Sources said the government negotiators would meet the shura either at the end of this week or at the start of next week. The meeting will most likely be held in North Waziristan but the exact location is not known as yet.

The main agenda will likely be regarding a ceasefire which the TTP and government committees said was important as any activity from either side could potentially harm peace efforts.

Two TTP intermediaries – Jamaat-e-Islami’s Prof Mohammad Ibrahim and Maulana Yousaf Shah – had met with the shura  on behalf of JUI-S chief Maulana Samiul Haq at an undisclosed location in North Waziristan Agency on February 8 and 9. They had passed on to the TTP a five-point agenda spelled out by the government committee and had said that the meeting yielded positive results.

Negotiators 

TTP shura – Qari Shakil Ahmed Haqqani, TTP spokesperson Azam Tariq, Maulana Amir Islam, Commander Ahmed, Anwar Gandapuri, Quetta division leader known as Pir Sahab, Maulana Abdullah, Yasir and Commander Pashtun.

TTP intermediaries – Prof Mohammad Ibrahim, Maulana Yousaf Shah and JUI-S chief Maulana Samiul Haq.

Government committee – Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Affairs Irfan Siddiqui, former ISI official Major (retd) Muhammad Amir, senior journalist Rahimullah Yousufzai, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader and former Pakistan ambassador to Afghanistan Rustam Shah Mohmand.

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  • Kaleem
    Feb 13, 2014 - 10:29AM

    16 attacks in 16 days of these peace dialogues, 86 peopled have been killed so far. Using this average, 4 more attacks would have been conducted with 20 more lives, by the time these committees meet on Monday. There is no value of human life in our country. NS, SS, IK, Stand up to threat. Inaction is worse than taking wrong action.

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