ISLAMABAD -- In an address to parliament on January 29, Nawaz Sharif named a four-member committee to facilitate the negotiations while calling on the militants to observe a cease-fire.
He also condemned the Taliban for targeting security forces and civilians in recent months. Sharif said he was making a "sincere effort to end the cruel game of fire and gunpowder in the country."
Sharif's speech came amid growing calls for a full-fledged military assault against militants.
On Monday, Sharif chaired a meeting with lawmakers from his party, who called for a military offensive. Meanwhile, the Pakistani Taliban continued their attacks.
Three members of the security forces were killed in attacks in Karachi. A Pakistani Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility.
With reporting from AFP and AP