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Taliban shura backs Baitullah

June 30, 2008


KHAR, June 29: A shura of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Sunday endorsed Baitullah Mehsud’s announcement about suspending all peace agreements and negotiations with the government in Fata and the NWFP.

TTP spokesman Maulvi Omar told Dawn on phone that the shura at a meeting held at an unspecified place and endorsed Mehsud’s announcement that all agreements reached with the provincial and federal governments would stand suspended and talks would be discontinued.

Citing reasons for suspending the peace deals, the spokesman said that despite agreements the government had launched operations against Taliban in Swat, Khyber Agency, Jandola and Darra Adamkhel.

The spokesman said the TTP could not keep the agreements in the prevailing situation.

Maulvi Omar said if the government did not call off the operation the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan would announce its action plan in a couple of days.