#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN – April 30 – (DWN) – Member of the Taliban negotiating committee, Professor Ibrahim Khan, said on Wednesday that arrangements for holding peace talks between the government and Taliban mediators were under-way.
Speaking to the BBC, the Jamaat-i-Islami’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ameer said there were no differences between the two sides and there were grievances but these were not grounds for suspension of the talks’ process.
He further said that contacts had been established so that practical steps could be taken for the resumption of talks.
Professor Ibrahim also said that the Taliban had alleged that troops, helicopters and artillery were being deployed in South Waziristan and that the outlawed group was concerned about that.
He further said that arrangements for the holding of peace talks were under-way and he had contacted Taliban shura member, Maulana Azam Tariq, in order to decide a time and place to hold the talks.
BBC News – Dawn – Pakistan Times
#AceNewsServices – PESHAWAR – April 27 – After threats from the Bara-based outlawed Lashkar-i-Islam, scores of Afghan and Zakakhel tribesmen from Khyber tribal region’s Bara area on Sunday have started shifting to safer places.
Tribal and the official sources confirmed that the Mangal Bagh-led Lashkar-i-Islam had warned Afghan refugees and the Zakakhel Shinwari tribes, a sub-tribe of the Afridis, and known their tribal fierceness, living in the area to announce allegiance to the Lashkar or leave Bara where the banned group is still known to have stronghold.
An Afghan refugee Rehman Gul who was leaving from Bara via Bara Qadeem check post, to a safer place told Dawn that the banned outfit has threatened the refugees to vacate the area.
He said that they had been living in Bara for the past 27 years and now were forced to leave.
“I am moving to my relatives’ place in Baghbanan area near Urmar, which is safer than here,” he added.
Most of these people were settled in Akakhel, Sipah, Malikdin Khel and Shalobar areas in Khyber region who were given the deadline of April 27, 4 pm to take either of the options as their decision.
#AceWorldNews says that gunmen attacked four vehicles carrying NATO supplies for Afghanistan in Pakistan’s northwest on Tuesday, killing two people, officials said.
The vehicles came under fire in the Jamrud area of the Khyber, one of seven districts in the semi-autonomous tribal belt, AFP reported.
“The four containers were on their way to Afghanistan when four gunmen riding two motorbikes opened fire,” said a senior local administration official, Jehangir Azam Wazir.
Two workers were killed, and one driver and one worker were wounded.
The NATO mission is using Pakistan as a major transit supply route.