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TTP announces five-day cease fire as negotiation re-starts: sources

PESHAWAR: Militant terrorist outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan on Thursday announced five day cease fire as another round of negotiations with the state of Pakistan re-started recently, sources informed Bol News.

The TTP has announced to not ensue any militant campaign during their negotiations with the Pakistani state authorities.

Thousands of TTP fighters are believed to be in Afghanistan, mostly in the rugged eastern highlands neighbouring Pakistan, where they sought shelter after a military crackdown nearly a decade ago.

The banned TTP

Formed in 2007 in the tribal South Waziristan district, the banned TTP has been involved in numerous attacks, including suicide bombings inside Pakistan. The Hakeemullah Mehsud and Gul Bahadur groups are the two main entities within the TTP.

It was responsible for plunging the country into its most violent period after its formation in anger at Islamabad’s support for the US and its war against terror. The network later moved to North Waziristan following a Pakistan Army onslaught on South Waziristan in 2010.

Its 2012 shooting of Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai – then a student in a border region under the control of the militants – shocked the world. But it wasn’t until the massacre of nearly 150 children at the Army Public School (APS) in Peshawar two years later that authorities moved forcibly.

A large-scale army operation in 2014 pushed the banned TTP towards neighbouring Afghanistan. Peace talks between Islamabad and the TTP have been held several times since 2007 but failed to produce results.

Courtesy Bol News

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