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High time for a firm decision on Taliban

18 February, 2014

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ISLAMABAD: Opposition leader in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah on Monday said it is high time to take a firm decision regarding the talks with the Taliban because they are continuously attacking citizens, civilians and damaging public installations.

Shah criticised the Taliban for continuously attacking security personnel despite being in dialogue with the government. He said it seems that the Taliban wanted to carry on talks after weakening the government's position.

Talking to media, he said the Taliban did not stop the attacks despite a letter by the government for no more casualties and destructions. He also condemned the killing 23 kidnapped security personnel in the tribal region of Mohmand Agency. Shah said the time had come for the government to think seriously and make a final decision. He asked the government to explain the utility of talks following the killing of the FC personnel by the Mohmand Agency Taliban.

Shah said the government had stated that the Taliban would not conduct any attacks. The Mohmand Agency Taliban have claimed to have killed 23 FC personnel in their custody on Sunday.

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said the killings were retaliation for the custodial killings of their members by security forces. In a statement, security forces dismissed the Taliban's claim calling it propaganda to justify their killings.

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