Pak Taliban denies 'any contact' from govt. for peace talks

Islamabad, Nov. 01 (ANI): The Pakistani Taliban has reportedly denied of "any contact" made by the government for peace talks.

Tehreik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said that the government is only making announcements by media, but any meeting or discussion on issues have not yet taken place, Dawn News reports.

The statement came just a day after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said a process of dialogue to initiate peace talks had been started.

The militant outfit has conducted a large-scale bloodshed in the country since past six years in a war against the Pakistani state for Sharia law, which has left thousands dead.

Nawaz has been trying to put an end to terrorism that has stalled the development of the nation.

After all the political parties gave a national consensus to hold talks with the Taliban at the last All Parties Conference (APC), the TTP issued a list of pre-conditions, including the release of all its members held in Pakistani jails and the withdrawal of troops from the tribal areas along the Afghan border.

Shahid reiterated these demands must be fulfilled to prove that the government is serious about peace dialogue. (ANI)

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