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Pakistan holds talks with Afghanistan after TTP calls off ceasefire

IANS | November 29, 2022 04:56 PM

ISLAMABAD: A high-level delegation headed by Pakistan Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar is in Kabul to hold talks with Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Amir Khan Mutaqqi as the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) called off their months-long ceasefire, local media reported.

Khar arrived in Kabul on Tuesday on a day-long visit during which she discussed matters of bilateral importance with Amir Khan Mutaqqi focusing on political consultations between the two governments, Geo News reported.

Moreover, the issue of the TTP ceasefire is likely to come under discussion between the two sides.

"Hina Khar will certainly convey the concerns about attacks on Pakistan security forces emanating from Afghanistan, regulating the movement of people to and from trade matters in view of the increased trade. Improved clearance process and facilities on Afghan side and finally assure the Afghan side of Pakistan's humanitarian assistance, " former foreign secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani told The News.

Announcing the end of the ceasefire, the TTP leadership cited the latest military operation against their fighters in the Lakki Marwat district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as a reason.

According to a report published in The News, Pakistani militants had become active in southern parts of KP and particularly in South Waziristan, North Waziristan, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Tank and Dera Ismail Khan.

The government had to postpone the polio campaign in Lakki Marwat district on Monday due to frequent attacks by the militants on police and operation launched against them.

Several rounds of talks were held with the Taliban leaders in Afghanistan to find an amicable solution to the years-long armed conflict.

Religious leaders and tribal leaders were also involved and sent to Kabul to persuade the Pakistani Taliban to soften their demands.

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