Another deadlock likely to mar Taliban talks over location issue

Prof Ibrahim

WEB DESK – Another deadlock in peace talks might approaching as the outlawed militant organization, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), expressed their unwillingness to hold meetings with government negotiation committee in North Waziristan.

The announcement was made by the Jamat-e-Islami (JI)’s leader and member of Taliban negotiating committee, Professor Ibrahim on Wednesday.

Prof Ibrahim was giving an exclusive interview to a private television channel. When asked, he said that now it was up to government’s negotiation team to speed up the process of peace talks. “The government committee should move the dialogue process further without wasting any time,” he said.

Prof Ibrahim cleraly mentioned that though the dialogue process would not be stopped even if government officials deny the demand of Taliban to withdraw troops from South Waziristan and releasing the non-combatant prisoners. However, he also also maintained that the Taliban wanted to hold talks outside of North Waziristan and the government committee should decide on a location soon.

The Taliban negotiating committee member further said they wanted to meet with the leadership of the army to discuss the dialogue process.

Yesterday (Tuesday), chief Taliban negotiator, Maulana Samiul Haq, had also told an international news media outlet that Taliban are afraid of being arrested. He said that Taliban had proposed to make a Free Zone in Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) so that they can meet the negotiating committees for dialogues.

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