The TTP decision was conveyed in a short statement by the group’s spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid, which was sent to the media on Saturday evening.
Shahid’s statement claimed that the government has given a nod to the demands put forward by the mediation committee representing the Taliban and it was ensured that the demands will be met. Details of the demands were not given.
The statement said “the decision has been taken in view of the appeal made by the ulema, in honour of the representative committee and for the betterment of Islam and the country.”
Shahid asked all groups affiliated with the TTP to halt activities for a month’s time. The concluding paragraph of the statement stressed the government should take the negotiations seriously.
For its part, the Sharif government has demanded that the TTP and its affiliates cease all attacks. The head negotiator from the government side, Irfan Siddiqui, claimed that the ceasefire announced by the TTP had been unconditional.