Pakistan

Pakistani Government and Taliban Begin Talks

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has been fighting an insurgency since 2007

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The first formal meeting between the Pakistan government and a Taliban-nominated team has begun in an undisclosed location, local media say.

They are due to start charting a "roadmap" for peace talks.

The talks were delayed earlier in the week after the government side asked for clarification about the composition of the Pakistan Taliban team.

Militants from the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have been waging an insurgency inside Pakistan since 2007.

The talks initiative was announced last week by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, following a spate of attacks.