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PTC asks Taliban to announce their team for negotiations

ISLAMABAD: PM's Committee for talks with Taliban has asked the banned outfit to announce its team for negotiations with the Government soon – ARY News reports.

After the meeting of the Peace Talks Committee (PTC) with the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif earlier today, PM's Advisor on National Affairs and member of the PTC, Irfan Siddiqui held a press conference here.

While briefing the media, Irfan Siddiqui told that the Prime Minister has given a vast mandate to the committee and the Government will hold a dialogue wherever Taliban want.

He elaborated that there is no restriction on the committee and PM Nawaz has insured them that he is ready to give time to the PTC on daily basis.

The Advisor to PM also appealed Taliban and the Government to avoid statements that can harm the dialogue process.

Returning to a question about military stance on peace talks, Siddiqui mentioned that all the state institutions including Pakistan Army are on-board regarding negotiations with Taliban and the process is not meant for months or years, it will be comprising on weeks rather.

Addressing a question about Taliban's demand of imposing Shariah, he declined to comment on any demand coming through media, however he said that if a demand is put forth during table talks, it would surely be responded with seriousness.

Irfan Siddiqui further told that he would not only be coordinating between the media and the Government, but a coordinator between the Government and Taliban as well.

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