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Pakistan's Sharif Pushes For Taliban Peace Talks


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (L) speaks at the Parliament, in Islamabad, January 29, 2013
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
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