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Punjab TTP chief welcomes PM Nawaz talks offer

Punjab TTP chief welcomes PM Nawaz talks offer

Pakistan, Peshawar News : Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Punjab group Thursday welcomed a call for dialogue by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with extremists to end bloodshed that has left thousands dead.

Nawaz Sharif made the offer to extremists on Monday in his first televised address to the nation since taking office after winning elections in May — a sweeping, hour-long speech that focused on Pakistan’s myriad problems.

“Wisdom demands that we follow a path where we minimise the loss of innocent lives,” said Sharif.

“We welcome the offer of talks by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif,” Tehreek-e-Taliban Punjab chief Ismatullah Muaweea said in a statement distributed in Wana, the main town of South Waziristan tribal district.

“The prime minister has shown maturity with his talks offer and he has also strengthened the desire for peace by staying executions,” Muaweea said.

Pakistan on Sunday ordered a temporary stay of executions following objections from the president and rights groups, days before they were due to resume after a five-year moratorium.

Pakistani Taliban, who have been waging a domestic insurgency since 2007, have said they will consider the executions of any of its prisoners a declaration of war.

Pakistan says tens of thousands of people have been killed in the country as a result of terrorism. (AFP)

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