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Taliban, govt committee meeting postponed till today

13 February, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Meeting between Taliban and the government negotiating committees which was scheduled on Wednesday was postponed till today (Thursday).

Talking to media after a seminar held at Serena Islamabad on Wednesday, member of state committee Rustam Shah Mahmand said that meeting between two committee is not going to be held today [Wednesday], both sides would meet on Thursday instead.

He said dialogue process with TTP is complicated and both sides would face difficulties during this journey.

Shah said if guarantee of protection is provided, Taliban leadership can hold talks directly with the government.

He said the dialogue process would move forward within limits of Pakistan's constitution.

Rustam Shah said first priority of government is to maintain ceasefire while Taliban leadership also agreed it.

Professor Ibrahim talking to a private TV channel said that the government negotiating body has not replied over the demand of scheduling a meeting with army chief and DG ISI. However, he said the Taliban committee was satisfied with the so far developments.

Meanwhile Member of Taliban committee Maulana Samiul Haq talking to private news channel said the demands of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were placed in front of the government's committee that has expressed satisfaction.

Maulana Samiul Haq said that the blasts in Peshawar were a conspiracy to sabotage peace process however TTP has denied any links to these blasts.

On other hand, JUI-S chief Maulana Sami-ul-Haq has called moot of Ulema from all sects on February 15 in Lahore to create consensus over dialogue process.


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