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Taliban demand Gov't to lead for ceasefire as it raged first

PESHAWAR: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has denied announcing a ceasefire, saying that the Government is raging against Taliban, how can we announce a truce – ARY News reports.

TTP spokesperson, Shahidullah Shahid said that the Government is fighting against us, whereas several of our members were killed during detention, when negotiations were ongoing on the other hand.

He inquired that how can we call for a ceasefire, when the Government is fighting against us. “If the Government wants a truce, then it should first quit bombing in our areas and killing of our members”, added the spokesperson.

Shahid claimed that the Government does not really want to hold talks with us, it says how can negotiations be held with a few militants and inquired that why the Government formed a negotiations committee, if it was not intended to hold talks.

Meanwhile, member of Government committee for peace talks, Raheemullah Yousufzai has said that Taliban had agreed to hold dialogue with

Government under the constitution and the negotiations process was not at all obstructed by the demand of implementing Shariah, Quranic laws or the constitution. He added that Taliban had not laid the demand of imposing Shariah during talks with Government.

“When the Government sent jets to bomb their hideouts, it was then they refused to admit the constitution”, said Yousufzai.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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Taliban demand Gov't to lead for ceasefire as it raged first

by Kashif Imran