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Extension in ceasefire necessary for talks success: Ibrahim

PESHAWAR: Taliban interlocutor Professor Ibrahim has said that Taliban are open to talks with the government despite refusing to extend the ceasefire, ARY News reported on Thursday.

The Pakistani Taliban on Wednesday formally ended a 40-day ceasefire.

Professor Ibrahim has said that the reservations of the Taliban will be presented to the government authorities.

He further said that for the success of the dialogue extension in the ceasefire is necessary. He said efforts are being made to contact with Taliban and convince them for ceasefire but the process is facing hurdles.

He said a meeting of the Taliban negotiating team can be called to discuss the situation.

Tehreek e Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid yesterday said that the insurgents were not extending the ceasefire claiming that the government has continued to arrest people and had killed more than 50 people associated with the insurgency.

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Extension in ceasefire necessary for talks success: Ibrahim

by Shakoor Nizamani