Reuters claims that the Pakistan Taliban have begun to hold peace talks with the country’s government, a move that could antagonise the US.
Past attempts to broker peace with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have generally ended up failure, and have been seen as a stalling tactic designed by the TTP to gain time. There’s nothing to really indicate that this latest round of talks is any different.
Talks are said to be focused on the continuing violence in South Waziristan on the Afghan border, but could extend to cover TTP’s entire activities in the country. The TTP are said to have made a number of demands regarding the release of prisoners.
But while the US would be unlikely to recognise any peace deal between the TTP and the Pakistan government, there have been signs in neighbouring Afghanistan that the US is not totally opposed to the idea of doing a deal with Taliban groups.