Formal talks between govt, Pakistan Taliban to start this week

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Islamabad: Pakistan today said it will start formal comprehensive peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban in a couple of days, and would also release 12-13 “non-combatants” as part of confidence-building measures.

“Formal comprehensive discussion and talks will start from the next meeting. It will happen in a couple of days,” Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said addressing a press conference here and stressed that there was no deadlock.

The minister said the country would come to know about the comprehensive agenda of talks after the meeting.

He also said that the government will release 12-13 non-combatants from detention as part of confidence-building measures to prepare for the next round of direct peace talks with the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Nisar had on April 5 announced the additional release besides the 19 who had already been let out.

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