Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, which was responsible for the killing of 141 people, mostly children in a school in Peshawar, is considered to be hostile to Indian interests and has been maintaining links with al-Qaeda in the Indian sub-continent, Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.
The banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) seems split on whether or not to extend the ceasefire with one faction claiming that they will launch attacks soon while another saying a formal decision is yet to be made.
Pakistan government would seek the release of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani`s abducted son and two others during the second phase of direct peace talks with the Taliban set to resume on Tuesday.
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.
The Taliban have decided in principle on a ceasefire that is likely to be announced in the next 24 hours but have demanded the Pakistan Army`s withdrawal from North Waziristan region and release of detained non-combatants, media reports said on Sunday.
Pakistani government and Taliban negotiators met informally on Tues to discuss the banned group`s demands for a dialogue aimed at ending a bloody insurgency that has killed thousands.
The talks were held ahead of a formal meeting tomorrow at which will the two sides are expected to discuss, among other things, the possibility of a ceasefire.
Two members of a Taliban-nominated committee on Saturday flew in a government helicopter to the lawless tribal belt to inform militant commanders about their first meeting with Pakistani state negotiators.