A precarious situation: peace talks with Pakistani Taliban

Pakistan entered into formal peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban in January, but the process has faltered in recent weeks.

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  1. On Jan. 30, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced the initiation of formal peace talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan(TTP), saying Pakistan would pursue peace talks with militants despite terrorist attacks that have hobbled Pakistan's peace efforts.


    Salman Ahmed— a rock-artist, humanitarian and a supporter of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan’s main opposition party which supports peace talks with Taliban— welcomed the dialogue initiative announced by Nawaz Sharif.

    “Better late than never," he said.

  2. On the other hand, a majority of Pakistani analysts denounced the move.

  3. The peace talks were suspended on Feb. 17 after a faction of Pakistani Taliban claimed that it had killed 23 captured Pakistani soldiers in its custody. Imran Khan, the leader of the PTI and a strong supporter of peace talks, condemned the attack, calling it an assault on peace talks.

  4. In retaliation, Pakistani army launched raids on militant strongholds in North Waziristan and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa tribal areas, killing at least 35 suspected militants.

  5. Over 2 dozen killed as jets pound militant hideouts in NW Pakistan
  6. On March 1, Taliban announced a month long ceasefire, following the raids by Pakistani army.

  7. Less than 48 hours after the TTP declared its ceasefire, a militant attack in Islamabad district court left 12 dead. The attack was disowned by the TTP. A Taliban splinter group, Ahrarul Hind, claimed responsibility for it.

  8. On March 7, Pakistan Defense Minister Khuwaja Asif warned that Pakisan will launch full-fledged operation in North Waziristan if insurgent attacks continued.

  9. The precarious situation persists.

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