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Pakistani Taliban say to abide by ceasefire

English.news.cn   2014-03-12 22:34:48

ISLAMABAD, March 12 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani Taliban on Wednesday said they would abide by their month-long ceasefire and expressed their hope that the government will also stop all actions against the militants.

The Taliban had declared the ceasefire on March 1 to revive the stalled dialogue process between their intermediaries and the government's negotiators.

The unilateral ceasefire was declared after the government dialogue team had refused to hold more talks unless the Taliban stop attacks. The government had also suspended air strikes in Waziristan.

"The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan fully respects the ceasefire's decision," the Taliban spokesman, Shahidulah Shahid said.

Shahid said in a statement that the Taliban have also disowned militant groups like "Ahrar-ul-Hind" and "Jundullah," who had claimed some recent attacks including the suicide bombing at the Islamabad court on March 3 which killed 11 people.

He said the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) will make serious efforts to take the dialogue process forward and will not allow any of the Taliban man to violate the ceasefire.

He alleged that many elements in the government are trying to harm the dialogue process, urging the government to control and reprimand them.

The Taliban spokesman also claimed that "arrests, bombings and raids" on the Taliban are continued which are "violation of the ceasefire" and are affecting the environment for the peace dialogue.

"We expect the government will also take immediate notice and will stop such incidents to take the dialogue process to a successful conclusion," the TTP spokesman said.

The Taliban had also on Tuesday dismissed claims in a recent report that the banned outfit has planned to attack former military President Pervez Musharraf during his high treason trial.

The Interior Ministry had circulated a letter from intelligence agencies saying the Taliban and al-Qaeda militants have planned an assassination attempt on Pervez Musharraf.

According to the letter, a copy of which was also released to the media on Monday, the ministry has warned that the militants have planned to target Musharraf inside or outside the court.

The former president was taken to an army hospital in the first week of January after he "suffered from heart complications," according to his lawyers.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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