Pakistan's Imran Khan declines to represent Taleban in peace talks with govt
ISLAMABAD (AFP) - The party of Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan said on Monday they "appreciated" a Taleban request for him to represent them in peace talks with the government, but declined the offer.
Two teams, nominated by the government and Tehreek-e-Taleban Pakistan (TTP), will hold a preliminary meeting in Islamabad on Tuesday afternoon to chart a "roadmap" for talks.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif caused surprise last week by naming a team to begin dialogue with the militants, who have been waging a violent insurgency since 2007.
Following a bloody start to the year, with more than 110 people killed in militant attacks in January, many had been anticipating a military offensive against TTP strongholds in Pakistan's tribal areas.