Friday, 07 February 2014 - 7:13
Pakistan and Taliban negotiators call for ceasefire in landmark talks
Negotiators for Pakistan's government and the Taliban called for a ceasefire after meeting a yesterday in the first round of talks aimed at ending the militants' bloody seven-year insurgency.
The two sides gathered in Islamabad for a preliminary meeting that lasted more than three hours to chart a "roadmap" for future discussions, amid deep skepticism over whether dialogue can yield a lasting peace deal.
Reading from a joint statement following the talks, Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, the Taliban's chief negotiator, said his side agreed with a government demand that "there should be no activity by either side which can potentially harm the peace efforts".