Deadlock in Taliban talks almost ends, location to be finalized

SAMIUL HAQ

WEB DESK – The anticipated deadlock in peace dialogues with outlawed militant group – Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) – now seemed to be taken care of as Maulana Samiul Haq claimed that agreement over the location of meeting would be achieved by today (Thursday)’s evening.

According to the televised statements of Sami, he said that by today’s evening agreement would be reached over the location where government negotiation committee to meet Taliban leaders for further peace dialogues.

Sami said “All Taliban groups are united under one umbrella or TTP and those violating their orders are being taken care of. There is no deadlock in the dialogue process and by today’s evening location will be decided. We will then try to meet government negotiation team by tomorrow (Friday).”

Yesterday, an other member of Taliban negotiation team and leader of Jamat-e-Islami (JI), Professor Ibrahim claimed that there is a delay over selection of location for meeting with Taliban leadership as they fear of getting arrested.

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.

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