facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Pakistani Taliban announces monthlong cease fire

March 1, 2014 at 11:00 AM   |   Comments

ISLAMABAD, March 1 (UPI) -- A spokesman for the Taliban in Pakistan on Saturday announced a month-long cease fire.

The Pakistani government had been in deadlocked peace talks with Taliban leaders previous to the announcement, Dawn News reported.

Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said all groups operating under the TTP have been directed to stop attacks against the state and security forces.

Irfan Siddiqui, Pakistan's coordinator for the peace talks, welcomed the announcement, but said the government has yet to receive a formal message from the Taliban talks committee.

If the Taliban is serious about the peace talks, the cease fire should give the negotiation process more momentum, Siddiqui said.

© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Jessica Arrendale dies shielding daughter from boyfriend with gun Jessica Arrendale dies shielding daughter from boyfriend with gun
2
Great white shark circling surfers photographed by drone Great white shark circling surfers photographed by drone
3
Caitlyn Kovacs' death likely 'alcohol-related,' prosecutor says Caitlyn Kovacs' death likely 'alcohol-related,' prosecutor says
4
Michael Brown's memorial on fire under mysterious circumstances Michael Brown's memorial on fire under mysterious circumstances
5
Virgin America plane diverted after man tries to open cabin door Virgin America plane diverted after man tries to open cabin door
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback