November 22, 2011
The Pakistani Taliban has declared a ceasefire to encourage nascent peace talks with the government, a senior commander said, a move that appears to show the deadly group’s willingness to strike a deal.
The commander said the ceasefire has been in effect for the past month and was valid throughout the country.
“We are not attacking the Pakistan army and government installations because of the peace process,” he said late Monday. The commander is close to Hakimullah Mehsud, the leader of the Taliban.
His statement adds credence to recent announcements by anonymous Taliban and intelligence officials that government intermediaries recently met Taliban commanders to talk about a possible peace deal. The government has not officially commented, and on Tuesday the Pakistani army denied it was involved in any talks.
This article was posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 9:21 am