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Pakistan minister offers Taleban a cricket match for peace

Published on Feb 24, 2014 7:39 PM

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.

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