Pakistan Taliban extends ceasefire in talks brokered by Kabul | Pakistan Taliban News

The Pakistani group – generally known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) – is separate however allied with Afghanistan’s Taliban, which seized energy within the nation final August.

The Pakistan Taliban says it’s extending a ceasefire with the federal government till Might 30, after the 2 sides held an preliminary spherical of talks hosted by Taliban rulers in neighbouring Afghanistan.

The spokesman for the armed group, Mohammad Khurasani, on Wednesday stated the talks between the Pakistani Taliban and the Islamabad authorities have been facilitated by Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers.

The Taliban in Kabul additionally confirmed the talks and the extension of the ceasefire.

“Talks have been held in Kabul between the federal government of Pakistan and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan within the mediation of the Islamic Emirate,” Afghan authorities spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid stated, utilizing the self-styled identify of Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.

“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, in good religion, strives for a profitable negotiation course of and expects each side to be tolerant and versatile,” he stated on Twitter.

The Pakistani group – generally known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan or TTP – is separate however allied with Afghanistan’s Taliban, who seized energy of their nation final August.

Emboldened by the Taliban takeover, the TTP has over the previous months stepped up assaults in opposition to authorities forces, particularly alongside the mountainous border with Afghanistan.

The TTP has lengthy fought for stricter enforcement of Islamic legal guidelines in Pakistan, the discharge of their members in authorities custody, and a discount of navy presence within the nation’s tribal areas.

Khurasani, the TTP spokesman, stated the group agreed to increase the ceasefire, which started on Might 10, on the request of a delegation of the Pakistani tribal elders who individually met the TTP this week. He supplied no additional particulars.

It was unclear who represented the TTP or the Pakistani authorities on the talks. There was additionally no instant remark from Pakistan’s navy or the federal government, though officers earlier acknowledged dispatching a delegation to Kabul for talks with the TTP.

Pakistani analyst Imtiaz Gul stated Islamabad had demanded agency motion from the Taliban in Kabul to forestall TTP fighters from utilizing Afghan territory to stage cross-border assaults in opposition to Pakistan, even threatening counterattacks into Afghanistan and “pursuit by Pakistani safety forces”.

“These talks are the results of Pakistan’s highest-level powerful messages, which have been conveyed to the Afghan Taliban” following a surge in TTP’s cross-border assaults on Pakistani troops, he stated.

Final month, Pakistan carried out air assaults in Afghanistan, killing dozens of civilians, based on witnesses. The assaults have been a dramatic escalation, adopted by Pakistani calls on the Taliban to cease sheltering fighters.

The TTP held comparable talks with Islamabad final November on the request of the Taliban. These talks led to a monthlong ceasefire and extra talks, held with the federal government of then-Prime Minister Imran Khan, however the truce was not prolonged on the time and finally violence resumed.

The TTP has been behind quite a few assaults on Pakistani safety forces and civilians over the past 15 years. A faction of the group was additionally behind a lethal 2014 assault on an army-run faculty within the northwestern metropolis of Peshawar that killed greater than 148 individuals, principally schoolchildren.

Islamabad needs Kabul to behave in opposition to TTP members utilizing Afghan territory for assaults inside Pakistan. Earlier than the Taliban takeover, Islamabad and Kabul typically traded blame and accused one another of sheltering the fighters.

Pakistan now says it has accomplished the development of 93 p.c of a fence alongside the border with Afghanistan to forestall cross-border assaults.

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