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April 04, 2014

Pakistan Taliban Extends Ceasefire

by VOA News

The Pakistani Taliban has extended its month-long ceasefire.

Spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said Friday the ceasefire has been extended until April 10.

The militants initiated the ceasefire March 1 to allow peace talks with the government to resume.

The ceasefire extension follows the announcement Thursday that Pakistan's government released at least 16 Taliban prisoners.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took power last year promising to seek negotiations to end Pakistans deadly insurgency.

Government forces have pounded suspected militant hideouts in the northwest with airstrikes.

The Pakistani Taliban has wanted to overthrow the government and establish its own hard-line form of Islam across the country. Militant attacks have killed tens of thousands of Pakistanis.