Having suffered a series of defeats
at the hands of US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan, Taliban`s mid-level field commanders are reluctant to return to some battle zones despite pressure from their leaders based in Pakistan.
In another blow to the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), 19 top separatist commanders based in Bangladesh have given up arms and opted for peace with Indian authorities - a clear indication that the ULFA is split.
The Naxal violence, which is spreading at an alarming rate and is regarded as the biggest internal challenge to the country’s security, will come up for discussion during the ongoing Army Commanders’ Conference on Tuesday.
Two key Taliban commanders of the
Mullah Fazlullah group, involved in a number of attacks in the
north-western Swat district, have been arrested here, as
security agencies continue their swoop on extremists.
Senior Taliban commanders have
held secret talks with UN`s special envoy in Dubai to discuss
possible peace terms, as an international conference here gave
the go ahead to President Hamid Karzai to start reconciliation.