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Taliban term govt offer serious

30 January, 2014

PESHAWAR: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has said its Shura will come up with its response to the four-member committee announced by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for holding peace talks with the militants.

TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said their organisation had taken the issue seriously as the government had come up with something tangible by forming the committee. Talking to reporters, he said the TTP Shura was holding consultations on the matter.

Meanwhile, a militant commander claiming to be an aide to the TTP head Maulana Fazlullah said the matter would be given a serious thought. Introducing himself as commander Hamza, he said a wrong impression had been created that Maulana Fazlullah was against the peace talks with the government.

He added that two members of the committee, Rustam Shah Mohmand and Rahimullah Yousafzai, were respectable and credible persons.

Meanwhile, Punjabi Taliban commander Asmatullah Muawiya welcomed the government's move and termed it an important step in peacefully resolving the issue. He hoped the government-appointed committee would be given a chance to undertake its peace mission.

The committee was also welcomed by a number of religious and political figures. ANP's Ghulam Ahmad Bilour and Pakistan Ulema Council head Hafiz Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi were among those who welcomed the committee's formation and expressed confidence in its members.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak noted that the committee members were intellectuals and public opinion makers and they could be blindly trusted to undertake the assigned task.

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