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MIRAMSHAH: The outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan announced on Wednesday that it was not extending its ‘ceasefire’, but said it would keep the dialogue option open provided the government took steps indicating ‘clear progress’ on its two key demands.

“The TTP central shura has unanimously decided not to extend the ceasefire”, its spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said in a statement, adding that the government had not demonstrated seriousness about Taliban’s demands for creation of a demilitarised peace zone and release of non-combatants.

The announcement was made after two days of deliberations by the central shura, which media reports had earlier claimed focused on clashes between two factions of the TTP in South Waziristan.

The government responded to “a gift of 40 days of ceasefire by the TTP”, the spokesman said, by launching an “operation root out” killing more than 50 Taliban fighters, arresting over 200 people for their alleged links with the TTP, carrying out raids and more than 25 search operations and torturing prisoners.

He accused the government of not bothering to consider what he called Taliban’s ‘reasonable and concrete suggestions’ about a peace zone and release of non-combatants.

He said the TTP had kept the negotiating committee abreast of the situation from time to time and made it clear that ‘violations by the government’ adversely affect peace talks.

Officials said the government had decided to release 12 militants as a confidence-building measure to keep the talks with Taliban going.

However, there is no indication that the government will agree to announce a peace zone in tribal areas to facilitate militants’ movement.

“The mysterious silence from state institutions on the fate of peace talks six days after the expiry of the extended ceasefire makes it abundantly clear that the real powers have become active and they want to impose their own decisions on the nation,” Shahidullah said.

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syed Apr 17, 2014 06:58am

I guess they are all rested and well supplied now, so buckle up, they will start again.. see the nature of snake is to bite, do whatever you like, you cant have it as a pet.

Last Word Apr 17, 2014 08:52am

TTP by not extending ceasefire has issued a clear message to the civilian government- 'Meet all our demands with immediate effect or further talks with us will be at your own risk'.

fitemoo Apr 17, 2014 09:18am

These damn Taliban takfiris don't know how to live in a civilized world. They are animals and need to be treat as such. Nawaz is a fool to think that he can actually talk to these animals.

Vinay Apr 17, 2014 09:35am

Talk with illegal Talibani is open acceptance of their role in state affairs. Lawlessness in any form should not be tolerated let it be any price by a responsible state.

Salim A Apr 17, 2014 05:46pm

Now that their cease fire time is over, does that mean they go back to their cowardly acts of terrorizing children by blowing up schools, killing ordinary citizens in bazars with their IEDs, kidnapping polio medical personnel, killing Hazaras and other minorities.

Is anyone surprised by the only thing this criminal gang is good at - Killing. Don't expect them to produce doctors, engineers and problem solvers amongst them.