Peace talks between Pakistan, Taliban set to resume

Ceasefire renewal and prisoner releases set to top agenda

Ceasefire renewal and prisoner releases set to top agenda

ISLAMABAD - Recently suspended peace talks between the Pakistani government and the Taliban will resume Tuesday, Taliban negotiators have said.

Chief Taliban negotiator Maulana Sami ul Haq said Sunday that the talks would begin in two days' time and a renewal of the ceasefire would be the top priority for both sides.

The peace process, which began on January 29, was suspended two weeks ago after the powerful Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an umbrella group of different insurgent networks in the country, ended its 40-day ceasefire with security forces, leading to intermittent attacks from both sides.

- Prisoners to be released

Professor Ibrahim Khan, a member of the Taliban negotiating group, said the venue of the talks between the four-member negotiating team and the TTP leadership had yet to be decided. 

"Both the Taliban and the government have agreed to release non-combatant prisoners," Ibrahim, a former senator, told The Anadolu Agency.

The government agreed to release 13 non-combatant Taliban, local media quoted military sources as saying.

The Taliban has supplied a list of 350 prisoners who are allegedly in government custody.

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