"The senior leadership of the Taliban advises all subgroups
to respect the Taliban's call for a ceasefire and abide by it
and completely refrain from all jihadi activities in this time
period," the statement said.
The unilateral ceasefire comes after attempts to hold peace
talks between the militants and government collapsed. In recent
weeks the Pakistan air force has bombed militant targets in the
northwest, and there is speculation that the army will launch an
offensive in North Waziristan, a tribal region bordering
(Writing by Katharine Houreld; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)
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