#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.