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Friday 25 April 2014

Pakistan Taliban talks delayed

The three-member committee was appointed by the Pakistani Taliban to hold peace talks with Pakistan (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Peace talks between Pakistani officials and a three-member team representing the Taliban have apparently been delayed after government negotiators failed to show up for the first round.

Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif has been pushing for negotiations over military operations to end militant violence. Both sides recently named their negotiating teams, which had been expected to meet in Islamabad.

But Maulana Samiul Haq, a Pakistani cleric picked by the Taliban to represent them, says his team has been waiting in vain.

However, a member of the government's team, Rahimullah Yousufzai, says his side has been waiting for confirmation from the Taliban about who their negotiating team is.

Yousufzai says that once the government receives it, the talks would likely follow after a few days.

AP

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