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PublishDate: Sunday, February 3, 201313:42

Pakistani Taliban express conditional willingness to hold talks

The spokesman for the outlawed TTP has said the organisation was willing to hold talks with the government and security forces.

The spokesman for the outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Ehsanullah Ehsan has said that the organisation was willing to hold talks with the government and security forces provided that Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif, chief of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman or Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) Ameer Syed Munawar Hasan were guarantors for the talks , DawnNews repored on Sunday.

The TTP spokesman said in a video interview received by Dawn.com that in order to hold talks the organisation wanted Maulvi Omar, TTP’s Swat leader Muslim Khan and other leaders and commanders who are in government custody to be freed adding that Maulvi Omar and Muslim Khan, would lead the Taliban delegation to hold the talks.

Ehsan further said that the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) was responsible for the killings of religious scholars in Karachi warning that the killers would be sternly dealt with.

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