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Peace talks: Govt, Taliban committees to hold seperate meetings

ISLAMABAD: The government committee and Taliban committee for peace talks have decided to call their seperate meetings to discuss the ongoing situation, ARY News reported on Sunday.

Sources said the government committee, in its meeting, will discuss dialogue process with the Taliban and other related matters.

A government committee comprises Prime Minister’s Advisor on National Affairs Irfan Siddique, journalist Rahimullah Yusufzai and former ambassador Rustam Shah Mohmand.

Meanwhile, Taliban Shura has contacted the their committee for peace talks and summoned a meeting.                                                              

Taliban Committee member Maulana Yousuf Shah said the meeting will discuss the current situation with reference to dialogue process.

Earlier on February 18, government committee had apologized from progressing peace talks with Taliban. A formal statement was also issued in this regard. The committee had said dialgoue could not continue until Taliban halt their offensive against the state.                                   

The committee had also met the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and informed him about the decision. The committee said participating in meetings would be meaningless, especially after the killing of 23 FC men in Mohmand Agency amid the dialogue process.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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