Pak Taliban ends truce with govt, orders militant attacks

Islamabad: The banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) called off an indefinite ceasefire agreed with the government in June and ordered its militants to carry out attacks across the country.

“As military operations are ongoing against mujahideen (militants) in different areas so it is imperative for you to carry out attacks wherever you can in the entire country,” the militant group said in a statement.

The statement was issued a day after the English cricket team landed in Pakistan after 17 years to play the first test-series, and day before the new army chief was set to assume his office.

The TTP, also known as the Pakistan Taliban, was set up as an umbrella group of several militant outfits in 2007. Its main aim is to impose its strict brand of Islam across Pakistan.

The banned group said that the decision to end the truce was taken after “a series of non-stop attacks were launched by the military organizations” in Bannu and Lakki Marwat areas of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

It also said it had repeatedly warned the people about violation of the ceasefire but showed patience so that the negotiation process was not “sabotaged at least by us”.

The TTP announced a ceasefire with the government in June but the attacks on the security forces never stopped. The group never claimed responsibility and instead blamed splinter groups for those attacks.

Pak holds talks with Afghanistan after TTP move

A high-level delegation headed by Pakistan Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar is in Kabul to hold talks with Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Amir Khan Mutaqqi as the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) called off their months-long ceasefire, local media reported.

Khar arrived in Kabul on a day-long visit during which she discussed matters of bilateral importance with Amir Khan Mutaqqi focusing on political consultations between the two governments, Geo News reported.

“Hina Khar will certainly convey the concerns about attacks on Pakistan security forces emanating from Afghanistan, regulating the movement of people to and from trade matters in view of the increased trade. Improved clearance process and facilities on Afghan side and finally assure the Afghan side of Pakistan’s humanitarian assistance,” former foreign secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani told The News.

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