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Pakistan-Taleban peace talks falter after government no-show

Published on Feb 4, 2014 8:07 PM

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Negotiators for the Pakistani Taleban said on Tuesday that government representatives had refused to show up for planned peace talks, citing confusion over the militants' team.

The two sides had been due to gather in Islamabad at 2pm (0900 GMT, 5pm Singapore time) to chart a "roadmap" for talks, amid a surge in militant violence and scepticism about the chances of reaching a negotiated peace.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif caused surprise last week by announcing a team to begin dialogue with the Tehreek-e-Taleban Pakistan (TTP), which has been waging a violent insurgency since 2007.

The head of the TTP's talks committee, hardline cleric Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, said he was disappointed the government team had failed to show up as agreed.

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