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Pak Taliban denies ceasefire

world Updated: Nov 24, 2011 00:10 IST

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The Pakistani Taliban, responsible for a string of terror attacks across the country, have said they have held initial peace talks with the government, but denied announcing a ceasefire.

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Hakimullah Mehsud’s aide on Tuesday told the News International that Islamabad had made some offers for talks through tribal elders and clerics and the Taliban leaders had accepted it after mutual consultations.

A group of Taliban leaders had been nominated for negotiating with the government.

He said the talks were at the initial stage.”One should not expect any immediate breakthrough from these talks which are in the initial and difficult stage,” the Taliban leader was quoted as saying.