Pakistani govt, TTP agree to ceasefire as peace talks underway


ISLAMABAD – Talks between the government and banned Tehrik-i-Taliban witnessed a welcoming outcome as both sides agreed to a ceasefire.

This was announced by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in an official statement, adding that the Taliban government in Afghanistan is playing the role of facilitators in the negotiations.

The development comes a month after Prime Minister Imran Khan revealed that talks are being held with some factions of the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), adding that he intended to involve the other offshoots of the outlawed organisation.

In an interview with Turkish media, the premier said, “Pakistan demands TTP to lay down arms,” adding that the government will pardon the militants if they surrender.

He had said that the militant would be allowed to live as normal citizens after they end their anti-state activities.

“I do not believe in military solution to the conflict as I always advocated for non-military solution to Afghan issue,” he highlighted.

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