Pakistan Taliban-government peace talks in jeopardy

Some 68 people including 23 troops have been killed in seven attacks since the begining of talks between the two sides. The TTP has claimed responsibility for two out of the seven attacks.

Pakistan Taliban-government peace talks in jeopardy

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Pakistani government's scheduled meeting with the Taliban team was cancelled on Monday after a branch of the Taliban in Pakistan said it had killed 23 troops they abducted in 2010.

Omer Khalid Khurassani, the head of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan in Mohmand agency, on Sunday claimed that the abducted paramilitary troops were killed in retaliation for the alleged deaths of Taliban militants in custody and in targetted attacks.

The killing of the paramilitary frontier troops came as the Pakistani government conducts preliminary talks with the Taliban to reach a negotiated settlement.

"Terrorism and talks cannot go together," Rahimullah Yusufzai, a member of the four-men government negotiating team told reporters.

"We are not in a position to hold meetings with the Taliban team in these circumstances", he said. "Things have become complicated, therefore we cannot take any further step without consulting the government," he added.

"The TTP committee will review the developments and issue an official statement after the meeting", Maulana Yusuf Shah, coordinator of the TTP committee added.

The TTP last week killed 13 police commandos and injured 47 in a blast outside a police training center in the port city of Karachi.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in January had formed a four-member committee to hold peace talks with the Taliban to end over the decade-long militancy in the country that has killed thousands.

Some 68 people including 23 troops have been killed in seven attacks since the begining of talks between the two sides. The TTP has claimed responsibility for two out of the seven attacks.

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