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Pro-Taliban group ends peace talks with Pak

Pro-Taliban group ends peace talks with Pak

Islamabad: A pro-Taliban group in northwestern Pakistan said it suspended peace talks with the government to protest an assault by troops that left 46 militants dead and forced local residents to flee.

We can’t guarantee peace while the military operation is going on, Izzat Khan, a spokesman for Tehrik-e-Nifaaz Shariat Muhammadi, said over the telephone on Monday.

The group is headed by Sufi Muhammad, a pro-Taliban cleric who negotiated the peace accord to end almost two years of fighting in the Swat Valley northwest of Islamabad.

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