A top commander of pro-Taliban Pakistani tribal militants renewed his call for a one-month ceasefire with the army on Tuesday after a suicide car bomber killed five soldiers near the Afghan border.
Maulvi Sadiq Noor, a top leader of the Islamic militants in North Waziristan, also denied their links with the attacker who rammed his bomb-packed car into a Pakistan army checkpoint on Monday.
"We don't know who carried out this attack, but I ask my people to respect a one-month ceasefire to give peace a chance," Noor told via telephone from an undisclosed location after presiding over a meeting of militants.
Noor is believed to be leading hundreds of militants and sheltering Al-Qaeda and Taliban fugitives in North Waziristan, of which Miran Shah is the main town. He has evaded several military raids in recent years.
After indirect talks with the government, Noor over the weekend agreed to back a one-month cease-fire in the region, which has witnessed scores of military operations against foreign militants and local supporters.
Today, he expressed "sorrow" over the killing of the five soldiers and asked his comrades to "strictly avoid any confrontation" with the Pakistani security forces.