Pakistan Taliban announce month truce

Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid emailed the statement to reporters on Saturday

The Pakistani Taliban have announced a month-long ceasefire aimed at reviving stalled peace talks with government.

Pakistan’s government welcomed the announcement as a “positive development”, and said it was prepared to resume talks.

The talks broke down last month, after Taliban-linked militants said they had killed 23 soldiers they were holding.

This triggered air strikes by the Pakistani military against suspected militant hideouts in the north-west.

Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said the Taliban had decided on a ceasefire “because of a positive response from the government, an appeal from the religious scholars and for the better future of Pakistan”.


The announcement is being seen as a breakthrough of sorts. It would pave the way for the authorities to resume indirect peace talks with the militants.

More importantly, a truce – if it works – would allow the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to buy more time and sell his controversial policy of trying to talk to the Taliban rather than launch a military operation against them.

But many in Pakistan will be sceptical of the announcement. The umbrella group of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is a loose network of Islamic jihadists and Sunni extremists.

The central leadership of TTP often has little or no control over other groups. If the rare truce covers all of Pakistan, it will remain fragile and hard to implement.

He requested the Pakistani government to fulfil the group’s demands, which include an end to US drone strikes and the introduction of sharia law.

Irfan Siddiqui, an adviser to the Pakistani prime minister, said that the ceasefire would be a “positive development”.

“After all 17 days of talks, this is the first big breakthrough that we are seeing,” he said.

Interior ministry official Sami ul Haq told local media that he had spoken to the head of the Taliban’s negotiating committee following the announcement.

The officials agreed to arrange a meeting between the two sides “within a day or two”.

Increasing attacks

The Taliban said last month that they were close to deciding on a ceasefire, before negotiations stalled.

The government’s decision to hold peace talks has been criticised by some Pakistani opposition parties because militant attacks have continued.

The Taliban have recently stepped up attacks against targets in Pakistan and Afghanistan, ahead of an anticipated reduction in the number of US troops in the region in 2014.

Hundreds have died in Pakistan in a series of bomb and gun attacks in recent months.

The Pakistani Taliban, also knows as the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), are based mainly in the north-west, but have staged attacks across the country.


2 replies

  1. Peace should be given a chance. The TTP are very slow and they had been threatening the people of Pakistan even during the air attacks by air force.

    The real job for government is to keep on flushing them out of the cities in provinces. Government should never agree to stop its work (attacks) within the cities on terrorists, but may stop air bombardment in the North. That is the most that Government should agree to.
    The TTP must always claim or disclaim (deny) its attacks on Pakistani forces and people. So that their work (activity) is well known. That will be the best for the government and the terrorists.

    In the meantime, in talks, it should be found out whether the TTP are ready to live under the Pakistan Constitution or not. Also, the exact nature of their love for Shariah should be found out: “What they really want?” And what kind of Shariyah?
    They have no right to implement Shariah rule over the whole country. At the most they can have it in some limited area of theirs in the North and then they have to show a good result of happiness, peaceful living and progress in that area. i.e. no killing, no oppression, no looting, no shooting and no refuge to any anti-Pakistan element.

    They have to drop all their arms immediately in return for a no attack from the government. They have to release all the civil people they are holding as hostage. The TTP cannot get release of any condemned prisoner punished by the courts.
    The terms and conditions should be harsh with the Taliban and a good guarantee for their good behavior in future. Their past can be forgiven only if they apologize for their revolt.
    The terms for peace should be written down and witnessed by some foreign high level persons.

    Peace is good for the North west people. They will not have to leave homes. There will be less blood shed on both sides. It will reduce the burden on the government for refugees. Taliban should be told to register themselves as an organisation according to some rules so that it is known how many organisations are involved in the truce. A solemn guarantee for peace should be taken from them.
    It is necessary to judge the real intentions of TTP. There are their supporters sitting in the country who also had threatening (and non-cooperative) attitude during the recent past. Their committee members were also having wrong notions and bad (threatening) attitude. Their committee members were equating the renegade TTP with the rightfully established government on equal terms. That was a very bad approach.
    Peace with TTP will be a guarantee for peace with Afghanistan and India and Iran. It will help to promote law and order within the country. Nawaz Sharif has already got quite a large amount of the TTP Shariah in the country, i.e. rule of oppression.

    If Taliban are bad people and need to be flushed out then what about the bad laws in the country? Nawaz sahib has (keep in mind) to attend to those bad laws in order to defeat the TTP.

  2. Break thru comes from Saudis.
    At this juncture, I want to see the responses from those who propagate that these people are Indian or US agents?

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