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Pakistan government negotiators meet Taliban; ceasefire to continue

The banned Pakistani Taliban on Wednesday agreed to continue its ceasefire after holding first-ever direct talks with government negotiators at an secret location in the restive tribal region of North Waziristan.

Press Trust Of India

Updated:March 26, 2014, 8:46 PM IST
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Pakistan government negotiators meet Taliban; ceasefire to continue
The banned Pakistani Taliban on Wednesday agreed to continue its ceasefire after holding first-ever direct talks with government negotiators at an secret location in the restive tribal region of North Waziristan.

The banned Pakistani Taliban on Wednesday agreed to continue its ceasefire after holding first-ever direct talks with government negotiators at an secret location in the restive tribal region of North Waziristan.

Continuation of ceasefire was one of the primary demands of the government.

The month-long ceasefire announced by the Tehrik-e- Taliban Pakistan (TTP) would have ended on March 30.

The first-ever direct talks were held to chalk out a solution to the deadly cycle of violence that has claimed over 40,000 lives.

Soon after the talks, local media reported that Taliban has said ceasefire will remain in place throughout the dialogue process.

During the talks - held at an undisclosed location in North Waziristan in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) - both parties sought guarantees from each other.

The Pakistani state negotiators flew down to North accompanied by the nominated committee from the TTP.

Interior Ministry sources said the government dialogue committee members called up Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan after reaching the undisclosed location.

The government committee members first flew to Peshawar whereas the Taliban representatives boarded a helicopter arranged for by the Interior Ministry.

The much-anticipated direct talks were attended by all four members of the government's revamped negotiating committee, TTP intermediaries and members of the TTP Shura.

The meeting was scheduled to take place yesterday but was postponed due to bad weather.

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