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Pakistan peace negotiators say terror attacks could harm Taliban talks

English.news.cn   2014-03-05 02:40:51

ISLAMABAD, March 4 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani peace negotiators Tuesday said that terror attacks after the Taliban ceasefire could harm the dialogue process.

The negotiators met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and discussed the status of the talks following the deadly suicide attack on a court in Islamabad that killed 11 people on Monday, the PM office said.

It was the first meeting after the Taliban declared a month- long ceasefire on Saturday that was followed by the government's decision to suspend airstrikes against the militants in Waziristan tribal region.

The Islamabad's court and three bombs attacks in Khyber tribal region in recent days, which had killed 15 security personnel, cast doubt on the Taliban ceasefire.

The Taliban quickly denied involvement in the Islamabad attack, however, the government and the main opposition party have asked the Taliban to publicly condemn the attack and also help to know as to who are behind the terror attacks.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told the negotiators that establishing peace and stability is the first priority of the government and efforts would be made at every level for the realization of this objective, a statement from the PM office said.

On the occasion, the members of government negotiating team presented their proposals for an effective future strategy.

Earlier, the government negotiating committee met in Islamabad to review the tragic incidents of Islamabad and Khyber Agency following announcement of ceasefire by the outlawed Tehrik-e- Taliban Pakistan.

"The Committee declared that continuation of such incidents after announcement of ceasefire would harm the dialogue process," the statement said.

Meanwhile a member of the government negotiation team, Rahimullah Yousafzai, said the meeting decided to continue the dialogue process with the Taliban intermediaries despite the terror attacks to find out a peaceful solution.

Yousafzai, a well known Pakistani journalist who regularly writes on the Taliban and militancy, told Xinhua that the gov't and the Taliban committee are scheduled to resume talks on Wednesday.

The gov't committee last month refused to continue more talks with the Taliban mediators after the militants executed 23 Pakistanis security men and bombed a police bus in Karachi, killing 13 police officers.

"We have decided to hold talks with the Taliban committee to take the process forward," Yousafzai said, adding the gov't team desires to speed up the process.

He said the gov't committee members have suggested expansion of the team with inclusion of members of the security forces, gov' t and political leaders so they could take decisions in the next stage.

Yousafzai also proposed the Taliban mediators should also include members of the Taliban political council to make it more powerful.

Editor: yan
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