"Pak Taliban not under Qaeda influence"

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Lahore, Nov 3 : The Pakistan unit of the Taliban, the Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) has reportedly said that none of its affiliate organisations was under the influence of Al Qaeda, and that it was ready to hold peace talks with the Pakistan government.

Neither the TTP nor any of its affiliate organisations is under the influence of Al Qaeda, the Daily Times quoted TTP spokesman Maulvi Omar as saying.

"The TTP had nothing to do with Al Qaeda," he reiterated.

The TTP was sincere in peace talks with the government, he said and added that any effort to resolve the disputes in the Tribal Areas by force would prove to be fruitless.

Over the past few weeks, the Pakistan government has dropped enough hints that it was ready to hold talks with the TTP if it laid down arms.

ANI

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