The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a banned outfit, on Friday announced a cessation in hostilities between its fighters in South Waziristan and the army.
The proscribed group in a statement said that all fighters in the region have been asked to observe a ceasefire till October 20.
The TTP said that their leaders are engaged in what it described as "secret talks", without sharing any further details.
The development comes after Prime Minister Imran Khan told a foreign news channel that the Pakistani government was currently in talks with some factions of the TTP to find grounds for reconciliation.
The premier, in an interview with TRT World’s Ali Mustafa in Islamabad, said: “I think some of the Pakistani Taliban groups actually want to talk to our government. You know, for some peace, for some reconciliation."
When asked to confirm whether talks between Pakistan and the TTP are underway, PM Khan said that talks are being held "with some of them".
He said that Afghan Taliban are "helping" in the process, in the sense that the talks are being held in Afghanistan.
If the talks for disarmament of the TTP succeed, he said, the government would forgive them and they woulf become normal citizens.
Stressing that he was hopeful of some sort of deal with the TTP, the premier said: "I do not believe in military solutions. I am anti-military solutions. So I always believe that ... political dialogue is the way forward, which I always believed was the case in Afghanistan with the US."
PM Khan said he always believed that a non-military solution was the only way forward to handle the Afghan conflict.
Prime Minister Imran Khan tells the TRT that his government is in talks with some groups of the TTP, adding that the talks are taking place in Afghanistan.— Benazir Shah (@Benazir_Shah) October 1, 2021
“And then we forgive them (TTP) and they become normal citizens,” once they lay down their arms, the prime minister said. pic.twitter.com/L2nCK4Rvby
In mid-September, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the government would be "open to giving" a pardon to members of the outlawed TTP if they end their terrorist activities and surrender to government’s writ.
Speaking to The Independent, the foreign minister expressed concerns overs the release of TTP militants from prisons in Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover of Kabul.
"If those guys come and start creating problems for us over here, it will affect innocent lives and we don't want that," Qureshi said while referring to the TTP.
He said, "If [the TTP] are willing to mend fences and not take the law into their hands and not get involved in terrorist activities and they submit and surrender to the writ of the government and the Constitution of Pakistan, we are even open to giving them a pardon."
"But as long as they do not come and start undertaking terrorist activities [in Pakistan]. That is our concern," he emphasised.
Pakistani rupee continues recovering losses against US dollar and other currencies amid positive economic cues.
On Tuesday, the US dollar moved down and was being quoted at 283.6 for buying and 286.65 for selling.
Euro slides down to 309 for buying and 312 for selling. British Pound rate inches up to 360 for buying, and 363.5 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED dropped to 77.50 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 75.90.
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||360||363.5|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.46||36.81|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||175.89||177.89|
The gold remained under pressure in Pakistan amid a huge drop in price of the precious metal despite in the international market.
On Tuesday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs218,500 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs187,330.
Single tola of 24 karat is Rs218,500, 22 Karat Gold costs Rs200,290, rate of 21 karat gold stands at Rs191,190 whereas 18k gold rate is Rs163,875.00 for each tola.
In the global market, gold saw huge drop in price, coming down to $2037 per ounce after drop of $81.79.
|Lahore||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Karachi||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Islamabad||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Peshawar||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Quetta||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Sialkot||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Attock||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Gujranwala||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Jehlum||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Multan||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Gujrat||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Nawabshah||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Chakwal||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Hyderabad||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Nowshehra||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Sargodha||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Faisalabad||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Mirpur||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|