Pakistani government, TTP agree month-long ceasefire
The Pakistani government and the banned terrorist group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have agreed to a month-long ceasefire from Tuesday to continue talks to achieve lasting peace in the country, according to a statement.
The two sides will respect the ceasefire period, which could be extended subject to the consent of both sides, TTP spokesman Muhammad Khurasani said in the statement.
The TTP, commonly referred to as the Pakistani Taliban, is a banned terrorist organization based along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
He has been involved in various attacks in Pakistan for more than a decade, which have killed thousands of people and are said to have used Afghan soil to prepare terrorist attacks there.
The government is now trying to use the influence of the Afghan Taliban over the TTP to reach a peace deal and end the violence.
The statement indicates that the TTP is an Islamic jihadist movement comprising the Pakistani people who have always kept the interest of the supreme country. No one can deny the fact that talks are part of wars.
The TTP has agreed to the formation of negotiating teams that will move the peace process forward in light of the demands of both sides.
Last month, the government was criticized by politicians and victims of terrorism after Prime Minister Imran Khan revealed in an interview that his government was in talks with the TTP for “reconciliation” with the help of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid defended the government’s decision, saying the negotiations were for the “good Taliban”.
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