Taliban 'welcome' govt talks offer
23 August, 2013
PESHAWAR: A Pakistani militant group on Thursday welcomed a call for dialogue by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with extremists to end bloodshed that has left thousands dead.
Sharif made the offer to extremists on Monday.
"We welcome the offer of talks by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif," Tehreek-e-Taliban Punjab chief Ismatullah Muaweea said in a statement distributed in Wana, the main town of lawless South Waziristan tribal district bordering Afghanistan.
Muaweea's faction is linked to the main TTP umbrella militant group based in northwestern tribal belt along the Afghan border which has yet to respond to the call for talks by Sharif.