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Pakistan displaced families put faith in peace talks

Published on Feb 15, 2014 2:00 PM

PESHAWAR (AFP) - For Madam Zarmata Bibi, a grandmother from Pakistan's volatile tribal areas, landmark peace talks between the government and the Taleban aimed at ending a seven-year insurgency couldn't come soon enough.

The 60-year-old has lost both a son and a granddaughter to the conflict, seen her home turned to rubble and was forced to flee in 2012, uncertain if she and her remaining family members would ever return.

"I miss my home, I miss my relatives, I miss everything. Any move for peace means returning to normal life," she said from her temporary home in the northwestern town of Hangu.

Madam Bibi is one of Pakistan's around 750,000 "internally displaced people" (IDPs).

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