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The Pakistani government has openly stated that it is negotiating a peace accord with the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), as well as welcoming the terror group’s announcement of a truce.

According to The Express Tribune, the government’s confirmation came a day after the TTP extended the ceasefire for an indefinite duration after the Pakistani tribal jirga visited Kabul and held talks with the outfit’s leadership.

Despite the fact that the two sides have been in talks for several weeks, the Pakistani government has yet to confirm the meetings.

The talks with the TTP are taking place at the government level, according to Federal Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb, and are being mediated by the Afghan Taliban administration.

The Minister confirmed the peace discussions with the outlawed group, saying, “Talks with the TTP began in 2021 and these negotiations have been taking place at the government level.”

She further stated that the Pakistani team holding discussions with the TTP included civil and military leaders.

The ceasefire was set to expire on May 30, but the TTP has extended it indefinitely while all sides work to achieve a peace agreement.

Last month, after Pakistan issued a clear message to the Afghan Taliban administration that it would no longer accept cross-border terrorist assaults, the peace process resumed.