PESHAWAR: The committee formed to hold talks with the Pakhtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) announced on Thursday after a meeting that the third round of talks with the PTM will be held on 16 May.

Fata MNA Al-Haaj Shah Jee Gul Afridi, Malik Khan Marjan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Shah Farman and other elders attended the meeting in Peshawar.

The committee said in a statement that at present there is no need to interfere with the 13 May public rally of the PTM in Karachi. It said considerable progress has been made in talks with the PTM during previous Jirgas. The committee members appealed to the Sindh government not to impede the public gathering of PTM in Karachi and avoid unnecessary arrests. They said the misunderstandings between the state and the PTM will only benefit the anti-state elements. They said all the misunderstandings can be removed by holding talks.

The committee members said the genuine demands of PTM can be fulfilled after talks. They said the Jirga members must hold a meeting with the Apex Committee before the 16 May meeting with the PTM in order to make the talks process effective and result-oriented. They said the state institutions should not be unduly criticised.

The government committee and PTM have earlier held two rounds of meeting.