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Taliban Talks: Govt decides to dissolve existing committee

ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to dissolve the existing committee holding talks with Taliban and form a new committee for dialogue with the militants, well placed sources told ARY News on Thursday. 

The members of the two committees representing government and Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan have said in media talks that the process of dialogue has now entered in the phase of decision making after the initial phase of facilitation. 

Coordinator of the government's committee Irfan Siddiqui has said that he had requested the government to induct the people in the committee, empowered to make the dialogue result-oriented.  

According to sources, the government has decided to dissolve the existing committee and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif considering reconstitution of the committee. 

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has started consultations for the formation of the new committee.

According to sources, the dialogue will now be kept under the veil, while a strategy of backdoor dialogue will also be adopted.

Consultations are also underway to grant decision making powers to the new committee.

According to sources, the Governor and Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and serving officials of the Army and ISI are expected to include in the new committee.

According to sources, existing committee will function untill the announcement of the members of the new committee. 

The members of the two committees this morning held a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on breakfast and discussed the progress made in the dialogue process.

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