Pakistani Taliban confirm peace talks with Islamabad

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Posted: Dec 10, 2011 2:03 AM
Pakistani Taliban confirm peace talks with Islamabad

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - The deputy commander of the Pakistan Taliban, who have been waging a four-year war against the government in Islamabad, confirmed the two sides were in peace talks, a move that could further fray the U.S.-Pakistan relationship.

"Our talks are going in the right direction," Maulvi Faqir Mohammad, the commander of the Pakistani Taliban in the Bajaur tribal agency and the No. 2 commander overall, told Reuters.

"If negotiations succeed and we are able to sign a peace agreement in Bajaur, then the government and the Taliban of other areas such as Swat, Mohmand, Orakzai and South Waziristan tribal region will sign an agreement. Bajaur will be a role model for other areas."

(Reporting by Jibran Ahmad; Editing by Chris Allbritton and Jonathan Thatcher)