Pakistan, Taliban set to hold direct talks

Islamabad, March 26: Representatives of the Pakistan government and Taliban peace talks committees left for North Waziristan Wednesday to directly engage with designated members of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan(TTP) shura for the first time.

Taliban sources said everything was in place to hold talks with the government committee, Dawn online reported.

The report, citing sources, also said that a five-member TTP committee would be holding talks with the government team.

The meeting will be held at an undisclosed location.

The government’s representatives include Qari Shakeel, Azam Tariq, Maulvi Zakir, Qari Bashir and another member.

Sources said arrangements had been finalised to welcome the committee.

Earlier Tuesday, a proposed meeting between the government’s representatives and the TTP shura was deferred due to bad weather.

IANS