Taliban peace talks heading towards ‘decisive’ phase

LAHORE: The government has finalised its strategy for the ongoing peace negotiations with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and updated the Taliban mediation committee about its preparation. 
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan would apprise Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif regarding the moves to be made in the next phase of the Taliban talks, media reported on Sunday. Direct dialogues with the TTP would be organised in the presence of Taliban intermediators under a new strategy. The Taliban leadership would be provided a clear message to inquire about their intentions whether they want a permanent peace agreement or not. The next policies will be projected in accordance with TTP’s response.
Higher authorities of the government have informed the Taliban mediation committee about its level of sincerity for negotiation process by releasing various non-combatant Taliban prisoners, but the TTP did not take any step to release prisoners in their custody, reports said. The government appeared to reach a conclusion, as it urged the TTP leadership to present its demands clearly to increase visibility for making firm decisions by the Pakistan government after reviewing the militants’ demands.
JUI-S chief Maulana Saiul Haq has said there is no major deadlock in the dialogue between the government and Taliban and hoped that the process would resume in the next couple of days. Talking to central secretary information of the party, Maulana Asim Makhdoom over telephone, Maulana Samiul Haq, who is head of the Taliban nominated committee, said peace in the country depends on success of dialogue and the entire nation should therefore pray for the success of the talks. 
He said there should be no doubt that a number of internal and external forces are conspiring to sabotage the dialogue process, but was confident that they would not succeed. He expressed the hope that people would hear good news in the coming days. Maulana Samiul Haq said establishment of peace is not the need of an individual or a party but of the entire country. Another member of Taliban negotiating committee, Professor Ibrahim, said that neither a military operation brought peace nor Taliban attacks could enforce shariah in the country. 

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