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Pakistan government, Taleban begin talks: Sources

Published on Feb 6, 2014 7:06 PM

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Negotiators for Pakistan's government and Taleban met on Thursday for a first round of talks aimed at ending the militants' bloody seven-year insurgency, sources said.

The two sides gathered in Islamabad for a preliminary meeting likely to chart a "roadmap" for future discussions, amid deep scepticism over whether dialogue can yield a lasting peace deal.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an umbrella grouping of numerous militant factions, has waged a bloody campaign since 2007, killing thousands of people in gun and bomb attacks across the nuclear-armed state.

An official close to Mr Irfan Siddiqui, the chief government negotiator, told AFP the talks had begun on Thursday afternoon.

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