#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN – May 02 – The TTP negotiator disclosed that the next phase of dialogue would begin on May 4 or May 5 as arrival of Secretary to Prime Minister Fawad Hussain Fawad, a member of government negotiating committee, from UK is awaited.
He said that, “we have asked the two sides to show seriousness and be focussed on negotiations alone.”
“We have asked them [government and TTP] to present their demand in the next phase of dialogue so that we can see which of them should be taken in hand first.”
Maulana Yousuf Shah confirmed that the next phase of dialogue would be held in tribal areas and the TTP would be represented by Qari Shakeel Haqqani, the head of TTP’s political Shura.
He said that a representative of army has been attending meeting of the committee and he would be present in next round of talks also.
#AceWorldNews – ISLAMABAD – April 26 – Maulana Yousuf Shah, coordinator of the Taliban-nominated committee to mediate peace talks with the government, said Saturday that contact had been established with the Taliban and a meeting was expected to take place with its political Shura in two days’ time, DawnNews reported.
Speaking to DawnNews, Maulana Yousuf said the Taliban Shura had asked for two days’ time to determine a location for the meeting to take place.
He said extension of ceasefire, exchange of prisoners and other issues would be taken up in the meeting, adding that the deadlock in peace talks would end.
#AceWorldNews – PESHAWAR – April 16 – (DWN) – The outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) announced on Wednesday its decision to not extending the ceasefire and said that the government had failed to respond positively to the militant organisation’s ceasefire of more than 40 days.
TTP spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid. — File photo
TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid, in his detailed statement, said that the government has failed to respond positively to Taliban’s ‘realistic’ demands of establishing a peace zone, release of non-combatants and suspension of security forces operation in tribal areas.
“These were concrete steps for building confidence and defusing the tension,” he added.
Shahidullah blamed the government for rooting out an operation killing more than 50 of their activists and arresting over 200, saying hundreds of raids have also been conducted across the country which negated the ceasefire.
He said that the deadline for ceasefire had expired six days ago (April 10) but still there was a “mysterious silence” among the government ranks over peace talks.
The central spokesman of the Pakistani Taliban added that in the light of these developments, the TTP Shura has unanimously decided not to extend the ceasefire any more. He, however, added that the militant outfit would be willing to respond to any positive response from the government so that the peace process continues.
Moreover, the TTP Mohmand Agency chief, Umer Khalid Khurasani, also issued a statement in which he had said that government was not serious about peace and the only way to implement true Shariah was jihad.
DAWN – PAKISTAN NEWS – ZAHIR SHAH SHERAZI
#AceWorldNews – WAZIRISTAN – March 27 – The Pakistani government and the Taliban insurgency have held their first direct talks, Reuters reports.
The government’s newly-formed four-member committee has met with four members of the Taliban Shura (council) in the tribal region of North Waziristan on Wednesday.
“I am yet to see Shura members who held talks with the government team and I will share the details later once I have a meeting with them,” said Taliban spokesman Shanidullah Shahid.
“The peace process is progressing well,” said Pervaiz Rashid, Pakistan’s Information Minister.
An unnamed government official has also said that both sides were “expected to exchange a list of demands.
” A month-long ceasefire was announced last month by the militants, aimed at the restoration of dialogue with the government.
Pakistan has been plagued by a bloody insurgency since it joined the US ‘War on Terror’ in 2001.
More than 50,000 people have lost their lives since.
Reuters – Middle Eastern News
#AceWorldNews says that Women’s Right Activists in Saudi Arabia have petitioned the country’s Shura consultative council callings for limits to be imposed on the “absolute authority” of male guardians over women, a signatory said. Activist Aziza Youssef told AFP they had demanded “measures to protect women’s rights.
” Youseff says many of the proscriptions against women, for example, those which forbid women to work, travel or perform “certain surgeries” without the consent of a male guardian are “not based on religious teaching.”
The petition, signed by 10 female activists, also demands that women be allowed to drive in the ultra-conservative Sunni Muslim kingdom.