Govt-TTP talks: Almost 50 tribal heads join in on negotiations

Almost 50 tribal representatives have joined the ongoing talks between the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the government to finalize the agreement to end the conflict on Wednesday.

According to the media reports, former governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Shaukatullah Khan from Bajaur district, Federal Minister Sajid Hussain Turi from Kurram tribal district, and Special Adviser to the KP Chief Minister for Information Barrister Mohammad Ali Saif are part of the Jirga. This time, tribal elder from the Khyber district Shaji Gul Afridi is also a part of the Jirga.

Before this, jirga only had representation from South Waziristan and Malakand divisions.

The Afghan Taliban are mediating in the talks and according to reports, the talks have entered a ‘serious’ phase. On Tuesday, TTP also announced an indefinite ceasefire. Before this, the ceasefire ended on May 30 when the talks were still going on.

Earlier, spokesperson of the Afghan government, Zabiullah Mujahid, in a series of tweets confirmed that the Afghanistan government is mediating the talks and hoping that both the parties will show some flexibility.

“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, in good faith, is making efforts to take the process forward. We hope that both sides will be accommodating and show flexibility,” he had said last month.