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Taliban in Pakistan declare a cease-fire

Uncertain if all militant factions will participate

By Ishtiaq Mehshud
Associated Press / November 23, 2011
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The Pakistani Taliban have declared a cease-fire to encourage nascent peace talks with the government, a senior commander said, a move that appears to show the deadly group’s willingness to strike a deal. It was unclear yesterday whether all the militants claiming to be under the Taliban banner would obey the directive, which the commander said had been in effect for a month. The Pakistani Taliban are believed to be divided into many factions. There has also been significant militant violence in the country in recent weeks.

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