Taliban divided over ceasefire
ISLAMABAD/MINGORA: The Taliban were divided on Sunday in their response to the government’s decision to suspend the military operation against them during Ramazan.
“It’s a joke. It isn’t a matter of holy or unholy. All months are holy. If they want to end fighting, it should be permanent,” Muslim Khan, Taliban spokesman in Swat, told Reuters. In an apparent act of defiance, the Taliban bombed the abandoned house of PML-Q leader Haroonur Rashid.
But TTP spokesman Maulvi Omar welcomed the government’s offer and said his group would release six soldiers. A complete ceasefire was observed in Dara Adam Khel on Sunday. staff report/agencies