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Pakistan gov't starts talks with Taliban negotiators

ISLAMABAD--Negotiators for Pakistan's government and Taliban met Thursday for a first round of talks aimed at ending the militants' bloody seven-year insurgency, sources said.

The two sides gathered in Islamabad for a preliminary meeting likely to chart a “roadmap” for future discussions, amid deep skepticism over whether dialogue can yield a lasting peace deal.

An official close to Irfan Siddiqui, the chief government negotiator, told AFP the talks had begun on Thursday afternoon. Another official at the talks venue, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa House, confirmed that they had started.

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