Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Pakistan peace talks may collapse after killings

The Pakistani government has called off the peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban scheduled for Monday after the insurgents announced they had killed 23 soldiers they had held captive.

A faction of the Pakistani Taliban announced on Sunday the killing of the soldiers who had been held for nearly 4 years.

The militant group said it was in retaliation for the military killing many Taliban members held in custody by the government.

The group said the killing continue even after the peace talks began earlier this month.

The third round of talks was scheduled for Monday.
The government denounced the execution of the soldiers and asserted the Taliban's claim was groundless.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said in a statement that Pakistan cannot afford such bloodshed.

He said the situation is very sad and the whole nation is shocked.

Experts fear the peace talks may break down less than 2 weeks after they started.