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Taliban likely to announce a committe for dialogue with government today


Peshawer: The central council of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) will convene its meeting today (Saturday) to constitute a committee for holding a dialogue with the government to restore peace in the country.

According to a report, TTP chief Maulvi Fazalullah is likely to chair the meeting of the 16-member central council at an unknown place on Saturday.

The report said that the the Shura may demanded of the government for inclusion of Jamat e Islami Chief Munawar Hassan or Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Finance Minister Siraj ul Haq in the four-member committee formed by the government.

Earlier on Friday, a meeting of Shura Council of (TTP) with their Vice Ameer Shaekh Khalid Haqqani in the chair.

Qari Shakil Ahmed Haqqani, a Taliban commander from Mohmand Agency, was presiding over the eight-member political council’s meeting, which coincided with the meeting in Islamabad of the four-member committee formed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif this week.

“I think our response could be positive. But the Taliban are likely to make some demands,” the TTP leader said. He also indicated that the TTP could raise some reservations over two members of the government’s committee.

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