World Bulletin / News Desk
Much-awaited direct talks between Pakistan's government and Taliban leadership began Wednesday morning at an undisclosed location on the border of the troubled North Waziristan and Orakzai Agency, in the country's northeast.
Professor Ibrahim Khan, a member of a Taliban negotiating committee also participating in the first round of direct talks, told reporters in Peshawar that the top priority would be to extend the one-month long ceasefire between the two sides, which is scheduled to end on March 31.
Khan confirmed that four-member committees from both the Taliban coalition, known collectively as Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), and the government would negotiate directly for the first time since the ongoing peace process had begun on January 29. Khan is part of a previous negotiation committee that consisted of figures who are not Taliban members but could communicate with the leadership.
The first round of direct talks is likely to continue for two days, he added