Rival Taleban factions agree on truce after infighting kills 60

The Afghan Taleban said on Friday they have brokered a ceasefire between two rival factions of the Pakistani Taleban, halting a fresh wave of infighting that has killed more than 60 people.

By (AFP, Online)

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Published: Sun 27 Apr 2014, 11:51 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 11:44 PM

The deadly bout of violence erupted earlier this month between supporters of commander Khan Said Sajna and followers of the late Hakimullah Mehsud in the restive tribal areas of North Waziristan.

Both factions are part of the Tehreek-e-Taleban Pakistan (TTP) umbrella group, which has been waging a bloody seven-year insurgency against the state.

Pamphlets distributed on Friday in Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan, noted that the ceasefire would hold until August 12. Written in the native Pushto language, it said the ceasefire was brokered by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

A senior commander of one of the factions confirmed the deal. “We will strictly follow the ceasefire,” the commander of the Khan Sajna group said.

The infighting began after Sajna, a senior commander, was rejected for the TTP leadership following the killing of then-leader Mehsud last November, militants say.

Govt to free more Taleban prisoners

The federal government has decided to release 13 more non-combatant Taleban prisoners in an apparent bid get the peace talks back on track.

Informed sources told a private TV channel that the Taleban-nominated peace committee had contacted the Taleban Shura during which they decided to hold a meeting in the next two days.

The sources said the Taleban Shura needed time to fix the date and venue for the next round of peace talks with the government peace committee.

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