Militants Declare Cease-Fire In Pakistan

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — An army spokesman says he doesn’t know anything about it, but a coalition of Taliban militants in northwestern Pakistan has declared an “indefinite” cease-fire in fighting.

A man claiming to be a spokesman for the umbrella group of militants says the cease-fire is being declared following talks with the government.

The spokesman for Pakistan’s army denies knowing anything about talks with the militants, but confirms that the insurgents have stopped firing at security forces in the area.

The army has been confronting militants led by a Taliban official blamed for the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, along with a number of other suicide attacks.

Pakistan has seen an increase in violence in recent weeks ahead of national elections scheduled for February 18th.