Pakistan has freed at least sixteen Taliban prisoners with the approval of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, officials said on Thursday, in a move designed to invigorate a shaky peace process with the militant group.
The United States is very carefully watching the peace talks between the Pakistani government and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a top American commander based in Afghanistan has told lawmakers.
The main opposition Pakistan People`s Party (PPP) on Tuesday submitted an adjournment motion in the National Assembly over Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan`s invitation to the Taliban to play a cricket match.
The Pakistan government on Tuesday decided to continue targeted operations against militants alongside efforts to start a dialogue with the Taliban as part of steps to establish the state`s writ at all costs, according to media reports.
Pakistani Taliban on Sunday demanded the release of their prisoners and withdrawal of army from the country`s restive tribal regions, which it says could be part of confidence building measures for the possible peace talks, Xinhua reported.