TTP extends ceasefire with govt until May 30

TTP extends ceasefire with govt until May 30

Islamabad (Web Desk): The banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has announced an extension in a ceasefire with the government of Pakistan.

TTP spokesman, in a statement shared with the media via WhatsApp, said that the ceasefire would remain in place until May 30.

“Talks are under way between the committees of the TTP and the government of Pakistan,” he said and added that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan — the Afghan Taliban — was mediating between the two sides.

The spokesperson also confirmed that a 32-member committee of the Mehsud tribe in South Waziristan and a 16-member committee from the Malakand division also held talks with the TTP on May 13 and 14.

“The committees called for a ceasefire by both sides in light of the ongoing talks. Therefore, keeping in view the demand, both sides have announced a ceasefire until May 30,” he said.

The Afghan Taliban also confirmed the talks in Kabul, with government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid saying the Islamic Emirate played the role of a mediator.