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Government, Taliban teams likely to meet today

ISLAMABAD: The government and Taliban negotiating teams are expected to meet on Friday (today) to discuss ceasefire and the matters related with the prisoners, ARY News reports. 

The negotiators will discuss extension in the period of ceasefire, the matter which was discussed by the government negotiators with Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan in direct talks in the tribal region.

The members of the government committee yesterday briefed Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali the details of the direct talks with Taliban Shura and discussed the demands made by the militants' leaders. 

Rustam Mohmand, a member of the government team yesterday said that no breakthrough is expected in the talks without tackling Taliban's demand of release of the non-combatant prisoners. 

According to sources the demand of the release of prisoners is a critical issue and high government officials are working over it. 

The militants have also set the condition demanding the creation of a demilitarised peace zone in mountainous Shaktoi region in South Waziristan, to allow freedom of movement to the militants.

The militants committee had also sought written guarantees before they could commit to an extension in the month-long ceasefire, which is coming to an end on this Monday.

According to well placed sources, the government has decided to take the political leadership into confidence over the dialogue process with the militants. 

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