Pakistan minister offers Taleban a cricket match for peace
ISLAMABAD (AFP) - A top Pakistani minister on Monday offered to hold a cricket match with the Taleban as a way of reviving stalled talks on ending the militants' bloody seven-year insurgency.
Pakistan's government entered into a formal dialogue with the Taleban earlier this month, but the process faltered after the militants executed 23 kidnapped soldiers.
The military has retaliated with a series of air strikes in the tribal areas that border Afghanistan and are home to the Taleban's top leadership, killing dozens.
But with talks on a sticky wicket, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said cricket offered hope.