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Peace Talks with Taliban: Committees expected to meet today

ISLAMABAD: The dialogue committees, formed to hold peace talks with Taliban, are expected to meet in Islamabad on Wednesday (today), ARY News reports.

Maulana Yousuf Shah, coordinator of the Taliban committee, has welcomed the announcement made regarding the resumption of the dialogue process between the government and militants.

He further said that the committee had received positive signs of the government halting the surgical strikes in the tribal areas.

Violent Dialogue Process:

Earlier, the federal government had stopped holding peace talks with Taliban after a series of attacks inside Pakistan mainly on its security forces.

A vehicle laden explosive hit a police bus near the Razzaqabad Police Training Centre along National Highway killing at least 13 cops and injuring 50 others. Taliban had claimed responsibility of the incident and said that the attack was carried out to avenge the killings of their men in different areas of Pakistan.

On February 18th 2014, Major Jahanzeb was killed as terrorists ambushed his vehicle at the Frontier Region near the Pak-Afghan border.

Peace talks between the government and militants received another blow when Mohmand Chapter of Taliban claimed to execute 23 Frontier Corps men. The dialogue process has been in a state of deadlock ever since.

Armed Forces strike back:

After the government decided to suspend the peace talks with Taliban militants, the armed forces carried out a series of bombing in the suspected militant hideouts in the tribal areas.

Fighter jets of Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Gunship Helicopters and Pakistan Army bombed different areas of North and South Waziristan after the federal government had approved the use of force against militants after they carried out terror activities against security forces.

At least 50 militants were killed in the shelling and bombings carried out by the security forces including Uzbek terrorists as well.

The committees are expected to meet today to discuss the peace talks with Taliban militants after the federal government had announced to halt the surgical strikes in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) whereas Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid had also said that the militants were serious in resumption of talks.

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