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TTP provides list of 765 'non-combatant' prisoners

05 May, 2014

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MULTAN/PESHAWAR: Member of the Taliban negotiating committee Yousuf Shah Saturday said the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has given a list of 765 'non-combatant' prisoners they want to be released.

Talking to the media at local airport, he said dialogue was the only solution to the problem. However, he said, there were some obstacles which needed to be removed for the success of the peace process. He said those who were opposing the dialogue did not want peace in the country.

"What was the outcome of engaging the war machine in those areas for the last 12 years? None of the tribal region was cleared ever," he said. He urged both Taliban and the government to reconsider a ceasefire.

To a question, he said both sides would present their demands which would be discussed during talks.

About abducted Syed Ali Haider Gilani, he said former prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani had visited Akora Khattak for help and they had tried their best to find a clue to Ali Haider Gilani but to no avail.

Yousuf also advocated dialogue with estranged Baloch people.

Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami leader and member Taliban negotiating committee Professor Ibrahim once again expressed his reservations over the progress in government-Taliban dialogue process.

Talking to a private TV channel, Ibrahim said that the committee was trying to take the process ahead despite several difficulties.

To a question about the dissolution of government committee, he said government has the authority to take any decision about its committee. He said that the committee is constantly in contact with the Taliban leadership to decide about the venue and time for the next meeting.

Ibrahim said it was necessary to remove reservations of both sides so that the dialogue process moves ahead.

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