New four-member team formed for Taliban talks

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ISLAMABAD: The government on Wednesday announced its four-member reconstituted committee for holding negotiations with the Taliban. 
According to official sources the committee’s members are: Ports and Shipping Secretary Habibullah Khattak, who will head the committee, while the other three members are FATA Additional Secretary Arbab Arif, Rustam Shah Mohmand and Additional Secretary to the Prime Minister Fawwad Hassan Fawwad. The sources further said that the government committee will hold direct talks with the Taliban and it will also visit North Waziristan Agency for this purpose. The newly formed committee will resume the negotiations process in the next couple of days. 
It was also reported that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak into confidence regarding the new peace committee. Meanwhile, the Taliban negotiating committee on Wednesday met Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and discussed progress in the peace talks and the future strategy. Chaudhry Nisar said the government was seriously pursuing the dialogue process with the Taliban and it had already taken a decision to set up a new committee for the purpose. He said the government would welcome those militants who desired peace, but action would be taken against those who wanted to sabotage the peace process. 

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