` Pakistani Government Planning New round of Talks with Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan to get Peace Process on Track ‘

#AceWorldNews – ISLAMABAD – April 18 – (DWN) – The Pakistani government is planning a fresh round of talks with Taliban negotiators at the weekend, officials said Friday, despite the militants’ refusal to extend a ceasefire called to help peace efforts.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said in a statement that he has called a meeting with the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) talks committee on Saturday to decide how to proceed.

He said only dialogue could overcome reservations and objections, but warned there was little chance of progress without a ceasefire.

“If Taliban have certain objections, we also have reservations,” he said, adding the government pushed forward the peace process against serious logjams.

“(But) I don’t think the talks process will move forward in the absence of a ceasefire,” said Khan, who has been an ardent supporter of the talks.

He will meet the TTP’s three-man talks committee, led by Maulana Samiul Haq.

Members of the government negotiating team are also likely to attend Saturday’s talks, a senior official told AFP.

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