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PESHAWAR, May 3: The Federal Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar, has said that the government wants to resolve issues with the Taliban through talks, but that the negotiations could not be carried forward in the prevailing situation.

The interior minister told a ceremony in the federal capital Islamabad on 2 May that certain members of the Taliban designated committee said one thing in meeting with the Taliban and that they later told media something else.

“It seems some people want to gain political mileage out of the talks,” he said.

He said the army was also in favour of the talks and that they had not objected to the idea of releasing Taliban prisoners.

At a tribal Jirga in the provincial capital Peshawar two days ago, a member of the Taliban committee Prof Muhammad Ibrahim said the army and Taliban should have direct talks.