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Fawad Chaudhry says govt, TTP agree on ‘complete ceasefire’

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry has said that a complete ceasefire agreement has been reached between the government and the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

The minister said in a statement that talks with the TTP were taking place within the ambit of the Constitution and that Afghan authorities facilitated the discussions.

“No government can negotiate outside Pakistan’s constitution and laws,” Fawad was quoted by state broadcaster Pakistan Television (PTV).

“The talks will focus on state sovereignty, national security, peace, social and economic stability in the areas concerned,” he said.

Fawad added that the interim Afghan government had facilitated the negotiations.

“The affected people of the concerned areas will not be ignored in these talks. They will be taken into confidence,” the minister said.

“This is a positive development as Pakistan’s affected areas are moving towards peace after a long time,” he added.

Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan had said that the government was in talks with some factions of the TTP that were looking at peace and reconciliation with the country.

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