PESHAWAR: Taliban’s negotiating committee left from Peshawar and arrived in North Waziristan today (Thursday) to meet the militant’s leadership to proceed the dialogue process.
Sources said the Taliban committee will decide modalities of a direct dialogue between the new government-formed committee and banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
The Taliban committee members Prof. Muhammad Ibrahim and Maulana Yousuf Shah left from Peshawar through a helicopter. The team is not accompanied by its chief, Maulana Samiul Haq, who is also chief of his own faction of JUI-S, however, one of his party leader Maulana Abdul Hai went along with other members.
Sources said the two sides will review the progress made so far in the dialogues besides chalking out future course of action.
Yesterday, the federal government named a new committee to open direct talks with Taliban in a bid to end a decade-long insurgency in the country.
The new committee comprises Habibullah Khan Khattak, Federal Secretary for Ports and Shipping; Arbab Muhammad Arif, Additional Chief Secretary of Fata; Fawad Hassan Fawad, Additional Secretary at Prime Minister’s Office; and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) member Rustam Shah Mohmand, who has served as chief secretary of the then North West Frontier Province and the country’s ambassador in Afghanistan