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Pakistani Taliban claim lack of progress in peace talks

English.news.cn   2014-04-09 03:46:35

ISLAMABAD, April 8 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani Taliban on Tuesday claimed that there is no progress in the ongoing peace dialogue as the government has not "positively responded" to their preliminary demands.

The spokesman for Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Shahidullah Shahid, said the group had put three demands to the government -- release of all non-combatant prisoners, giving them a "peace zone" in South Waziristan tribal region for future talks and halt to operation against the militants.

The security forces had expelled the Taliban militants from South Waziristan following a major offensive in 2009 and the militants now want return of some areas to them.

The Taliban spokesman said there is no progress on the three demands, saying the "lack of progress on part of the government is a matter of concern."

"Actions against our people are unacceptable," Shahid said in a statement after reports that the government has freed about two dozens Taliban prisoners.

Interior Minister Chaudhy Nisar Ali Khan also hinted to release more Taliban prisoners as a goodwill gesture.

The Taliban leaders had given a list of around 400 of their non- combatant detainees last month when they held their first face-to- face meeting.

Taliban spokesman said the government has not "handed over" and non-combatant prisoner to their negotiator.

The government had also asked the Taliban to set free civilian people they have held hostage.The Taliban have not released any of prisoners in their custody.

Official sources say the Taliban have kidnapped some important personalities including the son of former Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, son of a slain governor and vice-chancellor of a university in the country's northwest.

The TTP spokesman said the Taliban are "sincerely" implementing their ceasefire announced on March 1st and extended for ten more days this week.

He claimed that the government is using "delaying tactics" to accept the Taliban demands.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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