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Blow for Pakistan talks as Taliban negotiator pulls out

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Pakistan's fledgling peace talks with the Taliban suffered a fresh blow Friday as a negotiator for the militants said he would take no further part until the agenda included the imposition of Islamic sharia law. 

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) committee member and chief cleric of Islamabad's Red Mosque Maulana Abdul Aziz (C) speaks during a press conference in Islamabad on February 7, 2014

The intervention from firebrand cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz comes a day after teams representing the government and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) held a preliminary round of talks in Islamabad.

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