Pakistan’s government denied media reports that it is holding peace talks with the country’s Taliban militants, even as an unidentified commander of the movement was cited as saying a truce has been declared.
The deputy commander of the Pakistani Taliban movement has been killed in a U.S. drone strike in the country’s tribal regions bordering Afghanistan, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing officials it didn’t name.
Pakistan Prime Minister-elect Nawaz Sharif said an offer of peace talks from the country’s Taliban insurgents should be taken seriously to end militant violence that has ravaged the country for more than a decade.
The political party led by Imran Khan formed a government in Pakistan’s militancy ravaged northwest, where his call for an end to army offensives against the Taliban and U.S. drone strikes resonated with voters.
A mounting campaign of violence in northern Nigeria by Islamic militants inspired by Afghanistan’s Taliban movement is deepening religious tensions in Africa’s top oil producer before elections in April.
Pakistan released eight more members of Afghanistan’s Taliban movement, including former regional governors and ministers, as it bids to help create conditions for substantial negotiations with insurgents.