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Deadlock looms as Taliban not ready to compromise on demands

PESHAWAR: The Taliban committee for peace talks has hinted deadlock might reach if the demands made by the Taliban were not responded by the government in affirmative, ARY News reported Friday.

According to sources, the unconditional extension in ceasefire was not possible without release of non-combatant prisoners and halting military offensive in Waziristan region.

The government has so far adopted a firm stance that Taliban should acknowledge the State and cooperate with the government in expelling foreign militants.

The government sources told that the two demands by the Taliban could not be met immediately. If Taliban didn’t show any flexibility then the entire process may end and the circumstances will decide a subsequent situation, they added.

The sources informed that Afghan intelligence forces were backing the Taliban in Pakistan, and they may regroup if given a free-zone by Pakistani government.

A Taliban committee member confided to ARY News that the entire process might halt if government did not reply to the demands of Taliban in affirmative. He said Taliban were not ready to compromise on two demands, i.e – release of non-combatants and halting military offensive.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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