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Maulana Yousuf hopes Taliban will soon announce ceasefire

ISLAMABAD: Taliban Committee Coordinator Maulana Yousuf Shah said on Sunday it is hoped that Taliban will soon announce ceasefire, ARY News reported.

He told that the meeting of Taliban shura (council) regarding announcement of ceasefire was underway, however, he added that it could not be specified when the meeting would end.

He said it was premature to say about decisions of the Taliban shura. He informed that Taliban shura is underway, presided over by Qari Shakil, to discuss ceasefire.                           

He said Taliban will soon announce ceasefire in order to keep the dialogue process going.

Meanwhile, Taliban-nominated committee and government committee for peace talks also had a contact wherein they discussed matters pertainining to ceasefire.

A committee member, requesting anonymity, said a meeting might be called tomorrow (Monday) to reach a final decision on ceasefire issue.

Amid an ongoing peace talks’ between the government and the Taliban, a police van was targeted in a blast on Thursday (February 13) in Karachi, killing at least 13 cops. The responsibility of the attack was claimed by banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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