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Govt committee writes to Taliban: Demands end to violence

14 February, 2014

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ISLAMABAD: The government committee formed to hold peace talks has written a letter to the committee nominated by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and demanded an end to violence.

According to sources, the letter calls for an immediate end to Taliban activities as terrorist attacks are having a negative impact on peace talks.

The Government committee demanded from the Taliban shura that they must keep away from giving such statements, which could affect the peace. In the letter it was stressed that if splinter smaller groups of Taliban are committing the violence acts that it is the responsibility of TTP to act against such groups as well.

Irfan Siddiqui, coordinator of the committee formed by the government to hold talks with the Taliban, said that they had told the Taliban committee through a letter that terror activities will adversely affect the atmosphere needed for negotiations.

Siddiqui, who refused to disclose contents of the letter, said that the Taliban committee had been told that terrorist attacks should immediately be stopped. He said that they further told the Taliban committee that the TTP should refrain from making such statements that might affect atmosphere.

Earlier, the Taliban committee complained that they had not received the letter sent by the government committee. However, the letter was faxed to the Taliban committee and according to Irfan Siddiqui, Maulana Yousuf Shah had received it.

Taliban committee member Professor Ibrahim said the recommendations of the TTP political shura had been conveyed to the government and there were now awaiting a reply.

Professor Ibrahim further said there was no meeting scheduled between the two committees on Thursday and Friday.

Meanwhile, Former federal interior minister, Rehman Malik has accused Taliban of lacking in their sincerity for meaningful and result-oriented dialogue, making the entire process a morbid joke.

Talking to media outside the parliament house on Thursday, he scoffed at any feasibility of dialogue with Taliban in face of their outright rejection of 1973 constitution, "the elements being engaged by government for dialogue are not the right ones for any dialogue", he fretted, adding that "rather according to scenario, it seems as if (one type of) Taliban are holding dialogue with (other type of) Taliban.

He also claimed that he had information of four suicide bombers being dispatched to kill him, and in case he survived their attacks, a female suicide bomber would be used. "Besides there also are consistent threats by phone that I am receiving" he deliberated.

He said that such odds would not deter him from justly branding Taliban as barbarous, and be afraid of them ever. He also 'credited' JUI (F) head, Maulana Fazl with having the deepest possible know-how of Taliban, hence "his (Fazl's) statements are quite true" he said.

Rehman Malik also stressed on fast track resolve of the missing persons issue, stressing on producing all missing persons in court(s) by judiciary.

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