Peace talks between TTP, Pakistani government concluded in Kabul

Islamabad: A senior Taliban spokesman has said that talks between the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the Pakistani government concluded in Kabul two days ago.

Afghan Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said on Saturday that he hoped the talks would be fruitful this time after the final round of peace talks between the two sides, which did not yield results.

The Afghan Taliban official said that his side played the role of a mediator, Geo News reported.

Mujahid said that if the talks fail, the Islamic organization will not allow the soil of Afghanistan to be used for attacks against Pakistan.

The Afghan Taliban are responsible for the majority of insurgent attacks in Afghanistan, which regularly follow an established pattern of low-level ambushes and hit-and-run attacks, coupled with periodic high-profile attacks. .

The TTP has carried out some of the deadliest attacks inside Pakistan in recent years. Although it is not directly affiliated with the Afghan Taliban, it pledges allegiance to them.

A Taliban official said the TTP had announced an indefinite ceasefire and since then strikes in the country were halted earlier this month. For weeks now, the Pakistani government has been in talks with the TTP to permanently stop cross-border attacks from Afghanistan.

The latest round of intensive and comprehensive talks has seen Pakistan move forward to engage relevant stakeholders to reach an agreement with the grouping.

A group of prominent elders have visited Kabul several times to persuade the group to refrain from violence. According to media reports, the Afghan Taliban have put their weight behind the ongoing talks to keep the peace process on track.

The TTP has now announced an indefinite ceasefire with the Pakistani government. Earlier this month, the Pakistani government admitted for the first time that it was in talks with the TTP.

Even though the two sides are in talks, it remains to be seen whether peace talks will lead to lasting peace.

First Published:18th June 2022, 10:13 pm

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