Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik had thanked the terror outfit for not targeting Shiites during Muharram, increasing speculations about the government policy in fighting terrorism.
TTP commander Maulvi Faqir Muhammad told a news agency that the banned outfit was holding talks with Islamabad. He said that the talks were going in right direction and peace would be restored in Bajaur Agency if the talks succeeded
He said that peace agreements would also be reached in Swat, Orakzai, Mohmand and South Waziristan .
We have no wish to fight against our own armed forces and destroy our own country,” he said.
“There has been development in our peace talks, but the government would have to show more flexibility in its stance, and restore the trust of Taliban by releasing their prisoners and stop military operations against them.”
Maulvi Faqir Mohammad said Pakistan had released 145 members of the group as a gesture of goodwill, and the militants had pledged a cease-fire. He added that Pakistan and Afghanistan should unite against what he called foreign occupations by non-Muslims.