Pakistan confirms peace talks with TTP, welcomes ‘indefinite ceasefire’
Islamabad, June 4 (SocialNews.XYZ) Pakistan has welcomed the ceasefire announced by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), as the federal government publicly acknowledged for the first time that it was negotiating a peace deal with the banned group, reports the media.
The government confirmation came a day after the TTP extended the ceasefire indefinitely after the Pakistani tribal jirga visited Kabul and held talks with TTP leaders, Express Tribune reported. .
The two sides have been in talks for several weeks, but the Pakistani side has so far remained silent.
Questions have been raised over whether the current government is on board with talks with the TTP as military officials held a series of meetings with the militant group in the Afghan capital in recent days.
Pakistan’s Federal Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said in a statement that the talks with the TTP were taking place at the government level.
“The talks with the TTP started in 2021 and these negotiations are taking place at the governmental level,” the minister said in a statement confirming the peace talks with the banned group.
The minister also confirmed that the Afghan Taliban government was acting as a mediator between the two parties. She said civilian and military representatives were part of the Pakistani side in talks with the TTP.
She said the government welcomes the ceasefire announced by the TTP.
The truce was due to expire on May 30, but the TTP has now extended it indefinitely as the two sides try to reach a peace deal.