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Govt committee to negotiate with open mind: Irfan Siddiqui

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ISLAMABAD: The government peace talks committee will negotiate with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) with an open mind, said Irfan Siddiqui, the coordinator of the government’s four-member committee.

HunzaNews February 6th, 2014.

The state negotiators met today in Islamabad to discuss how to start the dialogue process and take it forward.

The government committee is due to meet the TTP intermediaries at an undisclosed location.

The TTP intermediaries and government negotiators were originally scheduled to meet on February 4, however, the government side wanted to have certain unidentified issues cleared before the dialogue process formally began.

The four-member committee  appointed by the government comprises Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Affairs Irfan Siddiqui, former ISI official Major (retd) Muhammad Amir, senior journalist Rahimullah Yousufzai as well as Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader and former Pakistan ambassador to Afghanistan Rustam Shah Mohmand.

The three-member committee named by the TTP includes Jamaat-e-Islami leader Prof Mohammad Ibrahim, JUI-S chief Maulana Samiul Haq and Lal Masjid prayer leader Maulana Abdul Aziz.Express

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