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Pakistan-Taliban peace talks falter as they begin

Members of a committee set up to hold talks with the government of Pakistan, chief cleric of Islamabad's Red Mosque, Maulana Abdul Aziz (R) and Maulana Sami-ul-Haq (C) and Professor Ibrahim Khan (L) speak with the media on February 4, 2014Pakistan's planned peace talks with Taliban insurgents stumbled as they began on Tuesday, with government negotiators missing a preliminary meeting citing doubts over the militants' team. The faltering start will fuel scepticism about whether negotiations with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) can achieve a meaningful and lasting peace accord.