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Talks with Taliban: Committees to meet in two days

ISLAMABAD: The committee representing Taliban in the peace dialogue is expected to meet the government's committee in coming two days, ARY News reported on Tuesday. 

Prof. Ibrahim, a member of the Taliban negotiation team, will present the five-point charter of demand from the militants to the government, sources said. 

Maulana Yousuf, a Taliban interlocutor, has also contacted with Irfan Siddiqui, the Co-ordinator of the four-member committee representing the government and apprised him about the consultations with Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leaders in North Waziristan region. 

The government committee also called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and briefed him about the progress in the peace process with the militants. The committee members also discussed the future strategy for dialogue with the prime minister. 

Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali in a meeting with Governor Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Engr. Shaukatullah said that government is committed to pursue the path of peace.

They also discussed the recent visit of the Taliban committee to North Waziristan to hold discussions with Taliban leadership.

Moreover, the leader of the house in Senate Raja Zafarul Haq has said that the government would hold dialogue with TTP within the constitutional framework based on Islamic principles.

He said 1973 constitution was prepared and signed by the top religious scholars of the country.

He added that only one member of the Taliban committee has objected to the constitution. 

Maulana Abdul Aziz, the head cleric of Lal Masjid Islama bad and a member of the Taliban committee had raised objection on the constitution of Pakistan. 

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