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Pakistani Taliban extend ceasefire for 10 days

English.news.cn   2014-04-04 23:14:52

ISLAMABAD, April 4 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani Taliban on Friday announced they are extending their month-long ceasefire for ten more days to push the ongoing fragile peace process forward.

The Taliban's month-long ceasefire expired on March 31 during their peace talks with the government.

The government had also suspended airstrikes against the Taliban in Waziristan tribal region following the ceasefire.

The Taliban decision came after the government freed over a dozen Taliban non-combatant prisoners as a goodwill gesture.

"The political council of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has decided to extend the ceasefire until April 10," the group's spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said in a statement. He said the council will again meet later to decide whether or not to extend the ceasefire further.

Shahid said the TTP had ordered its fighters not to carry out any attacks against the government and law-enforcement agencies until further orders.

"We want to tell the people that the Taliban are serious in dialogue and now the government should positively respond to our demands," he said.

A government committee had held talks with the Taliban leaders last month to keep itself abreast of the Taliban demands. The government negotiators had also apprised the Taliban of their demands.

"The government's peace committee had met the Taliban leadership and we had shared our demands but we are still waiting for any government action on our demands," the TTP spokesman said.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday presided over a high- level meeting and reviewed security situation and talks with the Taliban, state radio reported.

Army Chief General Raheel Sharif, Director General of the intelligence agency Lieutenant General Zaheer-ul-Islam, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Prime Minister's Special Assistant on National Affairs Tariq Fatemi attended the meeting.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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