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26 June,

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Pakistani Taliban extends truce in order to hold peace talks

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According to Agence France Presse (AFP), the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (Pakistani Taliban) has extended the ceasefire with Islamabad until May 16 in order to hold peace negotiations.
Since the Taliban’s re-establishment in Afghanistan, the Pakistani Taliban has increased its attacks on Pakistani forces.
Islamabad accuses Afghanistan’s new leadership of sheltering and equipping Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan militants.
However, Afghanistan’s Taliban-led government has consistently refuted the assertions.
The Pakistani Taliban urged its members not to breach the ceasefire in a message to AFP.
According to two Pakistani Taliban sources, a group of Pakistani mediators traveled to Afghanistan to meet with the Pakistani Taliban leadership. The Afghan Taliban organized the gathering.
The Pakistani government and Afghanistan’s Taliban government have yet to respond.
The former Pakistani government also held talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and achieved a ceasefire arrangement, which failed.
Later this spring, the Pakistani Taliban announced in a statement that the group would initiate a spring operation on the first day of Ramadan to target Pakistani security forces and their allies.
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has since claimed responsibility for a number of armed incidents in which Pakistani forces were killed in large numbers.

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