Pakistan govt, TTP agree on month-long ceasefire
The Pakistan government and banned terror group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have agreed on a month-long ceasefire starting Tuesday to further talks for achieving lasting peace in the country, according to a statement.
Both parties will honour the ceasefire period, which could be extended subject to the consent of the two sides, TTP spokesperson Muhammad Khurasani said in the statement.
The statement said that the TTP is an Islamic Jihadi Movement comprising Pakistani people that has always kept the interest of the country supreme. Nobody can deny the fact that talks are part of wars.
The TTP agreed to the formation of negotiation teams that will further the peace process in light of the demands of both parties.
Last month, the government had faced criticism from politicians and victims of terrorism after Prime Minister Imran Khan revealed in an interview that his government was in talks with the TTP for ''reconciliation'' with the help of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid had defended the government's move, saying the negotiations are for ''good Taliban''.
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