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Pak govt keen on peace talks with Taliban despite recent attacks

Last Updated: Friday, October 4, 2013 - 13:55

Islamabad: Pakistan is keen on pursuing dialogue with the Taliban, despite a spate of attacks in the country, the national security adviser has said.

Three bomb blasts in Peshawar in past one week killed more than 140 people, prompting many to question a government plan to seek peace with the militants.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has denied responsibility for the attacks, which included a double suicide bombing on a church.

Sartaj Aziz, adviser on national security and foreign affairs to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, said talks should be given a chance.

According o the Daily Times, he said that despite these incidents the dialogue option should be pursued.

He added that there are some elements who want to disrupt the dialogue but the whole purpose of the dialogue is to put an end to such incidents.

According to the report, the TTP has issued conditions for its participation in talks, including the release of its cadres from jail and the withdrawal of troops from the tribal areas along the Afghan border.

Aziz`s remarks came a day after the TTP said it would only consider a government ceasefire to be valid if it included an end to US drone strikes in the tribal areas, the report added.


First Published: Friday, October 4, 2013 - 13:55
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