LAHORE- Outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have expressed wish to continue the ongoing peace talks with government while extending ceasefire for ten days today.
According to a private television channel report, TTP said it is essential for government to also implement the accepted demands, adding that Taliban are also bound to honour agreement with government. Government had reportedly released sixteen Taliban prisoners as goodwill gesture and also to speed up the negotiation process. Following the ceasefire extension announcement, government has summoned a meeting with Taliban committee.
It is pertinent to mention here that Taliban’s month-long ceasefire ended on 31st March. According to news sources, South Waziristan’s political administration had released 16 Taliban prisoners on Wednesday as part of goodwill gesture. However, this was denied by government sources.
According to reports, those freed were arrested during various search operations in South Waziristan two years ago. Sources say the free men include Mera Jan, Abdullah Jan, Salamat Khan, Bandshah Gul, Abdul Aziz, Noorzada, Satta Jan, Saddam Hussain, Ziauddin, Sher Pao, Riaz Ali, Mir Alam, Sher Alam Khan, Iqbal, Noor Alam. Reportedly, these men belong to outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) of Mehsood area.
Political Agent South Waziristan Islam Zeb confirmed the release. He claimed the freed men are innocent tribal persons who were taken into custody during search operations. He said these men are freed upon guarantee of Senator Saleh Shah and have nothing to do with negotiation process.