Shahid said that the decision was taken after an agreement between the Taliban Shura and the chief of the Taliban group. The spokesman further added that the peace talks with the government had been started with honest intentions by the Taliban. According to the spokesman a positive response had been received by the Taliban committee from the government to finish the deadlock in peace talks and the announcement of ceasefire from both sides. He assured that the Taliban were serious and the Government had started to think over the implementation of their recommendations. The Taliban’s ceasefire announcement today was welcomed by the government’s five member committee. Head of the committee, Irfan Siddiqui said the announcement of ceasefire was a positive step towards talks.