Pakistan News : Negotiators representing government and Taliban expressed their dismay at anti-peace activities and called for an immediate end to violent attacks.
In a joint statement issued Friday, two sides agreed that government as well as Taliban should cease fire to pave way for successful peace talks.
The statement came a day after a powerful bomb blast killed 14 policemen and left many others wounded in Karachi.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was carried out to avenge the killings of TTP men in police encounters in Karachi, Swabi and Peshawar.
The blast forced the negotiation committees to discuss the situation.
“Such acts of violence would hamper peace efforts,” it said. Any progress could be made only after creating a favorable condition for talks, according to the statement.
Speaking to media after the meeting, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Sami (JUI-S) head Maulana Sami ul Haq said that a ceasefire would be announced in a couple of days. “It is a 12-year-old long war, which cannot be stopped immediately,” he argued. He said that ending the war would take some time.