Maulana Yousuf Shah, coordinator of the Taliban-nominated committee to mediate peace talks with the government, said Saturday that contact had been established with the Taliban and a meeting was expected to take place with its political shura in two days’ time.
Speaking to a private news channel, Maulana Yousuf said the Taliban Shura had asked for two days’ time to determine a location for the meeting to take place.
He said extension of ceasefire, exchange of prisoners and other issues would be taken up in the meeting, adding that the deadlock in peace talks would end.
Another member of the Taliban-nominated committee Professor Ibrahim complained that the government had still not provided the list of prisoners which it had released.
He said it was not clear as to who held custody of former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani’s son Ali Haider Gilani, adding that if the latter was in the Taliban’s captivity, then a demand should be made for his release.