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Mediated ceasefire between Pakistan, TTP: Taliban

The Taliban in Afghanistan said they have mediated a temporary ceasefire between Pakistan's government and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) during the talks between the two sides held in Kabul.

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Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said, “During the talks, in addition to significant progress on related issues, a temporary ceasefire was also agreed upon.”

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“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan strives in good faith to proceed with a successful negotiation process and for the two sides to show tolerance and flexibility,” Zabihullah said.

TTP has carried out some of the bloodiest attacks inside Pakistan since 2007. It is not directly affiliated with the Afghan Taliban but pledges allegiance to them.

Pakistan carried out a number of operations against the TTP, successfully controlling the militancy in the past few years. However, following the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul, the terror group resumed attacks against the Pakistani forces.

A TTP statement also confirmed that talks were underway in Kabul and that a ceasefire was put in place until May 30. But, it was not clear who was representing Pakistan’s government in the talks.

Islamabad has maintained that the TTP has a safe haven in Afghanistan, although both the Taliban and the previous U.S.-backed governments have denied it.

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Last year, the two sides had agreed to a ceasefire, but talks failed. According to local media, the discussions held inside Afghanistan broke down due to a disagreement over the release of TTP prisoners held by Pakistan.

Currently, Pakistan’s southwestern province of Baluchistan is also dealing with a surge of attacks by separatist insurgents; the province also borders Afghanistan.