Pakistani Taliban End Ceasefire, Blaming Islamabad for Breaching Terms

The armed militants group of Pakistani Taliban on Friday declared an end to the month-long ceasefire, blaming Islamabad for breaching terms of prisoner release among others.

The Pakistani Taliban, known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) who agreed to the ceasefire arranged with the aid of the Afghan Taliban, in a statement accused the Pakistan government of not abiding with the ceasefire terms.

The government had not released more than 100 prisoners as promised, and also did not appoint negotiating teams to conduct the talks, the statement added.

TTP also blamed the Pakistani security forces for carrying more raids while the ceasefire was in force.

“Now let the Pakistani people decide whether it is the TTP or the Pakistani army and establishment that is not abiding by the agreements?” the group said in a statement.

“In these circumstances, it is not possible to advance the ceasefire,” it said.

TTP is a separate movement from the Afghan Taliban who had toppled the western-back government in Afghanistan in August following the hurried intentional forces withdrawal from the country after 20 years of presence.

With the help of the Afghan Taliban, the government of Pakistan and TTP agreed for a month-long ceasefire lasting from 9 of November till Thursday 9 of December.

Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry at that time announced a complete ceasefire was agreed with the group. According to Chaudhry, the talks were focused on state sovereignty, national security, peace in conflict zones along with social and economic stability.

TPP spokesperson Muhammad Khurasani said both sides would observe a one-month ceasefire from November to December 9 and negotiation committees will be set up to keep the talks ongoing.

“The TTP is ready for negotiations with the government for the restoration of durable peace in the entire country,” Khurasani said a statement in that time.

TTP is responsible for years of bombings and suicide attacks in which thousands of military personnel and civilians were killed and wounded.

The deadliest attack claimed by the TTP was the 2014 assault on a military-run school in Peshawar, which killed 149 people including 132 children.


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