Pakistani Taliban declare 20-day ceasefire amid ongoing peace talks brokered by Afghan Taliban

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The Pakistani Taliban, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), on Friday declared a 20-day ceasefire amid ongoing peace talks brokered by the Afghan Taliban.

A tribal elder from North Waziristan confirmed that the ceasefire will be in effect from October 1 to October 20, promising an extension if a breakthrough was achieved in negotiations.

The elder further added that the Pakistani Taliban had put forward three demands, including de-merger of the erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), permission to commanders for carrying weapons, and release of prisoners, according to local media outlet, The Express Tribune.

Furthermore, the tribal elder said Islamabad has agreed to some of the conditions put forward by Tehrik-e-Taliban.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan had earlier confirmed that the Afghan Taliban are mediating peace talks between Islamabad and the Pakistani Taliban movement.

Speaking to TRT World during an interview, Khan said “There are different groups which form the TTP and some of them want to talk to our government for peace. So, we are in talks with them. It’s a reconciliation process.”

The militants have been conducting sporadic attacks against the government and Pakistani forces despite they were suppressed during a large scale operation in 2014.

The militants carried out numerous attacks during the recent months, targeting both the security forces, as well as the Chinese nationals who were working on CPEC project.

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