PESHAWAR – Both stake holders of peace talks, the Tahreek Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and government, have decided ceasefire but announcements would be made in next few days, it is reliably learnt to PakistanTribe.
“It’s the first time that a member of TTP Shura Qari Shakeel directly got involve in committees’ meeting and took a part on telephone”, a senior official familiar with the matter had revealed while talking with PakistanTribe’s correspondent.
According to sources all the issues have discussed in three days long discussion among the committees of TTP and government which lead to made ready to stop the attacks. Formal announcement would be made by TTP first and then government will declare no more war.
However, an attack on a police bus on February 13 that killed 13 police personnel and injured 57 others. TTP had claimed responsibility for the attack, calling it an act of revenge for the targeting of its operatives in various parts of the country by security forces.
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-S) ameer Maulana Samiul Haq had appealed to the government and Taliban to announce a ceasefire while Irfan Saddique, the head of government’s committee, said that The government committee is waiting not only for Taliban announcement of a ceasefire but the TTP will also have to give an assurance to abide by their announcement. The committee would appeal to the government for a ceasefire as well after the Taliban announcement, he added.
After this demand by Samiul Haq and Irfan Sadique, The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) asked for two days to decide on a ceasefire and also demanded for the ceasefire from government. Government’s representative assured them that after the ceasefire’s announcement of TTP, government will also make an statement in this regard.
Talks with the TTP had made some headway after the group had agreed to cease attacks during the nascent dialogue process, a senior official revealed.
After getting assurance, TTP had convened a meeting to deliberate on government’s demand pertaining to ceasefire and finally decided for a ceasefire but did not make any announcement. TTP shura told about their decision to ommittee, busy in talks with the government representatives.
After getting green signal from TTP side, the committee asked for a meeting with government’s nominated committee and briefs them about the positive development from TTP side. Irfan Sadique and other member of the committee told high ups including prime minister Nawaz Sharif and interior Minister Ch, Nisar.
Now hopefully a ceasefire will be agreed upon soon, said sources.
The Taliban committee member said they had demanded for a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and military leadership, however, they had not been given response yet.