ISLAMABAD – The government-backed and outlawed Taliban-appointed committees finally set for North Waziristan’s ‘Peace Zone’ for meeting Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)’s shura to hold direct negotiations.
According to the televised details, both committees left for the meeting early on Wednesday as soon as weather appeared to be safe for travelling. The meeting on Tuesday was postponed due to bad weather conditions.
The dialogue process with the the outlawed militant group was at stand still since they demanded the release of around 60 men, women and children (non-combatant personnel) from the custody of security forces. The government officials denied rightward that there were no non-combatant prisoners in the custody of security forces.
The other demand of the Taliban was to withdraw troops from at least three areas of South Waziristan Agency. The chief negotiator of Taliban Maulana Samiul Haq had also stressed on the need of creating a peace zone where Taliban shura could be directly approached by both negotiation committees.
Moreover, the government sources also said that as now direct talks with Taliban shura were on the go so the release of at least three high profile prisoners would be brought up. These three prisoners include the son of former and late governor of Punjab, the son of former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and the vice chancellor of one university in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK).