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Govt decides to set up sub-committee on talks

* Nisar assures peace negotiators government and military are on the same page regarding talks with TTP
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ISLAMABAD: The Taliban and government intermediary committees met Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday in a bid to make a breakthrough in the stalled peace talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
A decision was taken at the marathon meeting that a sub-committee would be formed to address the grievances of both sides and iron out the prevalent differences over a number of issues.
Interior Ministry officials said that Chaudhry Nisar assured the two committees that the government and military were on the same page regarding talks with the TTP.
The government’s claim was acknowledged by Maulana Samiul Haq, head of the TTP coordination committee, who said the government and the military had the same wavelength regarding talks with talks Taliban. The meeting, however, could not grab usual media attention as it took place amid developing controversy between the establishment and a leading media group over the assassination attempt on its senior anchorperson, as accusations were hurled at the top spy agency of the country.
The meeting deliberated upon all pending issues, including release of non-combatant prisoners and extension of ceasefire at length, officials said.
Talking to the media after the meeting, Maulana Samiul Haq said they were trying their best to arrange a meeting between the government committee and the Taliban shura this week.
“Both sides have complaints/reservations and a decision has been made to form a sub-committee, which will address the outstanding issues,” he told the media.
He was hopeful that the Taliban would agree upon the extension of ceasefire, which had ended on April 10. Last week, the TTP had renounced to further extend the truce, while promising to continue with the shaky talks. “The Taliban have not extended the ceasefire, but to be slightly fair to them, no big incident of violence has occurred since they called off the truce,” Haq said. “We would persuade them to restore the ceasefire,” he said.
Meanwhile, Nisar held a meeting with PM Nawaz and discussed several issues with him, including peace talks with the Taliban and the prevailing situation following an attack on Hamid Mir. 

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