Negotiations underway with Taliban in Mardan

The Pakistani government continues its negotiation with the Taliban throughout the Northwest Frontier Province and the tribal areas along the Afghan border. Negotiations are under way with the local Taliban in the settled district of Mardan.

Negotiations between the government and the local Taliban in Mardan started this week, according to a Taliban spokesman named Maulvi Abdullah. The spokesman contacted the Mardan Press Club via phone, Dawn reported, and said the Taliban have called a ceasefire after the government initiated negotiations. The Taliban are seeking the imposition of sharia, or Islamic law, and “putting an end to the obscenity” in Mardan.

Abdullah admitted the Taliban in Mardan “carried out a number of terrorist activities, including bomb blasts, rocket attacks and suicide bombing in protest against the military operation” targeting the extremists, Dawn reported. He took credit for the May 18 suicide attack at a bakery in Mardan that killed 13 Pakistanis and wounded 22. He also admitted the Taliban conducted attacks against police, including a bombing of a police station.

Mardan is the latest region in northwestern Pakistan where the Pakistani government has initiated peace talks with the Taliban. Peace agreements have been signed between the government and the Taliban in North Waziristan, Swat, Bajaur, and Mohmand, and talks under way in South Waziristan and Kohat.

For more information on the terms of the peace agreements in Swat, Bajaur, North Waziristan, and Mohmand, and the proposed terms for the agreements in South Waziristan and Kohat, see:

Descent into Appeasement

Pakistani government inks peace deal with Swat Taliban

Pakistan is negotiating a new peace agreement with Baitullah Mehsud (South Waziristan)

Pakistan revives the North Waziristan Accord

Pakistan releases Taliban leader, signs peace deal with outlawed Taliban group (Bajaur, Malakand Division)

Pakistan strikes deal with the Taliban in Mohmand

Negotiations with the Taliban under way in Kohat

See The Fall of Northwestern Pakistan: An Online History for more information on the rise of al Qaeda and the Taliban in Pakistan and the history of peace agreements signed between the government and the Taliban.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.

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  • Rhyno327/lrsd says:

    This whole thing is sickening. The P-stanis hate us. They have kicked the “ball” to our end, and it will be up to the present administration and Bush, or the next one to have the courage to strike at these people, who are using p-stani “sovereignty” as cover. God forbid we go along with this, coz this is wat they had in a-stan. The US should tell the p-stani’s we reserve the right to strike at enemies wherever they are. Right now Pakistan is protecting them. Let them cry and moan, demonstrate. We will have to strike sooner or later. P-stan, stay outta the way.

  • robert says:

    I need information about the total number of Talibans killed in action 2006 and 2007, Anyone who knows where to find the information?


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