PESHAWAR - Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Friday announced six-day extension in the ceasefire till April 10 apparently to give more time to government to mull over their demands.
The extension in ceasefire came after the government on Thursday freed 19 non-combatant prisoners as a goodwill gesture for bolstering the peace process.
The TTP had announced a month-long ceasefire on March 1 last in connection with ongoing peace talks aimed at ending militancy in the country. Subsequently, the ceasefire between government and Taliban expired on March 31.
However, the TTP announced extension in ceasefire for six more days.
In this regard TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid in a statement to media on Friday said the Taliban Shura had extended the ceasefire till April 10. After its expiry, the TTP Shura would convene a meeting to decide future course of action, he added.
Also, the TTP has directed its men not to carry out any attacks against government and forces till further orders, the statement said. He said TTP, once again with full responsibility and seriousness, was waiting for a positive response from the government. Despite lapse of three days in ceasefire deadline there was a mysterious silence on government side, the statement issued in Urdu language explained.
He said despite their flexibility, the government had not come forward with any constructive offers or good news. The government's silence, as per the TTP, was confusing people and giving rise to speculations. He said TTP had demanded release of non-combatant prisoners and the establishment of a peace zone. It is worth-mentioning here that last month the Taliban had handed over a list of 250-300 people including women, children, and old men and asked for their release.
On March 26 a four-member government committee had held their first face-to-face meeting with the TTP's political shura at an undisclosed location in North Waziristan Agency.