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Pakistan Taleban negotiator pulls out of peace talks with government

Published on Feb 7, 2014 8:18 PM
 
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) committee member and chief cleric of Islamabad's Red Mosque Maulana Abdul Aziz (centre) speaks during a press conference in Islamabad on Feb 7, 2014. Pakistan's fledgling peace talks with the Taleban suffered a fresh blow on Friday as a negotiator for the militants said he would take no further part until the agenda included the imposition of Islamic sharia law. -- PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan's fledgling peace talks with the Taleban suffered a fresh blow on Friday as a negotiator for the militants said he would take no further part until the agenda included the imposition of Islamic sharia law.

The intervention from firebrand cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz comes a day after teams representing the government and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) held a preliminary round of talks in Islamabad.

There has been widespread scepticism about the chances of the peace initiative achieving a lasting solution to the TTP's bloody seven-year insurgency.

Aziz, the chief cleric at Islamabad's radical Red Mosque, said Pakistan's constitution should be replaced by the Koran and the hadith, or sayings of the Prophet Mohammad.

 
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