ttp: TTP declares indefinite ceasefire with Pakistan


ISLAMABAD: Amid negotiations between the Pakistani Taliban and the grand jirga constituted by Islamabad in Kabul, the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Friday announced a truce for an indefinite time period.
A 50-member negotiating team comprising tribal elders and some sitting and former parliamentarians has been tasked by Islamabad to take forward the negotiations that had been going on between Pakistani security officials and militants for several weeks. The talks have been facilitated by the Afghan Taliban in Kabul to broker a final peace deal.
The TTP and Islamabad had agreed on an indefinite ceasefire ahead of the visit of jirga to Kabul but the two sides had avoided to publicly announce it.
“In the preceding two days, tremendous progress had been made in the negotiations. As a result, the TTP leadership has declared an indefinite ceasefire,” Muhammad Khurasani, a TTP spokesperson, said. He added that conversations would continue in the next days to advance the dialogue process.
No official statement, however, was issued by Islamabad to verify TTP’s claim.
Hours before TTP’s announcement, Pakistani Army had claimed the killing of its soldier during an exchange of fire with terrorists who had attacked a military post in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan tribal district bordering Afghanistan.
The incident occurred merely days after two security personnel and as many children were injured when a suicide bomber struck a vehicle of security forces at a check-post in the Razmak subdivision of North Waziristan on May 30.


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