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Pakistan government talks to Taliban

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Maulana Sami ul-Haq (R), one of the Taliban negotiator, reads a joint statement with Irfan Siddiqui, a government negotiator in Islamabad, 6 February  2014.
Maulana Sami ul-Haq (R), one of the Taliban negotiator, reads a joint statement with Irfan Siddiqui, a government negotiator in Islamabad, 6 February 2014. Reuters/Mian Khursheed

Negotiators for Pakistan's government and the Pakistani Taliban met for more than three hours on Thursday in a first round of peace talks. The United States, Pakistan's ally, is suspicious of the talks, as it sees the Taliban as a terrorist group. A local observer, Ahmad Junad comments on the talks, the Taliban and the relationship between the US and Pakistan.

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