Pakistani Taliban reject 'ANP-sponsored' peace talks
[Dawn] The Pak Taliban have rejected an offer of peace talks coming out of an all parties conference called by the Awami National Party (ANP), the ruling party in militancy-hit Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...

"This ANP-sponsored offer of talks is just the party's election agenda," said Ehsanullah Ehsan, a front man for the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP), told Dawn.com on Friday from some holy man's guesthouse an undisclosed location.

Two weeks after the banned bad boy outfit had initially made a conditional offer for peace talks with the government, the country's major political parties huddled together on Thursday at an ANP-led all parties conference, and announced they had all agreed on the need for peace through dialogue with the bad boys.

"Attaining peace through dialogue should be the first priority," said a joint declaration read out by ANP chief Asfandyr Wali Khan.

some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go...
the Pak Taliban dismissed the contents of the declaration as "old wine in a new bottle."

"The Taliban are still waiting for a serious and meaningful response to peace talks offer from the Pak government and the military," said Ehsan, reading out what he said was a statement issued after a key meeting of the Taliban shura (council).

"The non-participation of the Jamaat-e-Islami
...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores...
in the APC is also a clear indication that it was a failure," he added.

Posted by: Fred 2013-02-16