TTP-Pak Army War Escalates, Negotiator Says Talks Still Possible

ISLAMABAD: As Pakistani military jets continued their bombing blitzkrieg against militant hideouts in South and North Waziristan Tuesday a member of the Taliban negotiating committee Tuesday said war between the two sides has begun.

Professor Ibrahim Khan, however said that talks were still favourable despite the war that had erupted from the government and Taliban's side, television channels quoted him saying.

The Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) leader revealed informal talks were being held with the members of the government committee in order to prepare ground for resumption of the stalled dialogue process.

Professor Khan also said that no stance of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had come forward as yet regarding the issue of an operation.

Meanwhile reports from the area said fighter jets continued pounding targets on Tuesday.

North Waziristan residents have been trickling out of the troubled region in recent days anticipating a full-scale military offensive, leaving their homes and villages behind and settling in more peaceful areas such as Bannu, Kohat and Peshawar, reports asid.

Some reports said bombing was heavy on a stretch between South Waziristan and North Waziristan that has been captured by the militants and had established training centres where recruits are prepared for 'suicide missions'.

Private Express News TV identified the areas as Datta Khel and Shawal in North Waziristan.

It was impossible to verify if any civilians have been killed or wounded in the attacks.

The early morning attack on hideouts in the North and South Waziristan tribal districts were the fourth in a series of airstrikes.

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