Pakistan Government and TTP Group Strike Ceasefire Deal In Kabul

The Pakistani government and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) movement reached a ceasefire agreement after the two sides held a meeting in neighboring Afghanistan.

Afghan Taliban Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed they hosted and mediated talks between the government of Pakistan and TTP in the capital city Kabul.

“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan strives for the goodwill of the negotiating process and wishes both sides tolerance and flexibility,” Mujahid tweeted.

TTP Spokesman Mohammad Khurasani said they are extending a ceasefire with the government until May 30, adding that talks are underway between the committees of the TTP and the government of Pakistan in Kabul.

Khurasani added that the TTP delegation also met with a 32-member committee of the Mehsud tribe in South Waziristan and a 16-member committee from the Malakand division in Kabul on May 13 and 14..

TTP and the previous government of Pakistan under former Prime Minister Imran Khan agreed to a long-month ceasefire last year but the TTP eventually opposed it and accused the Pakistani government of breaching commitments of the truce.  

The development came after Pakistan has increasingly complained about attacks carried out by TTP fighters, especially along the mountainous border with Afghanistan, and asked the Taliban to ensure security in its border areas.

The Taliban have repeatedly said they will not let any group use Afghan soil against its neighbors and the world.

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