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Politicians seek peace talks as Pakistani Taliban kill 18

Many skeptics doubt militants want to end strife

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Politicians called for peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban on Thursday as the group killed 18 people in a pair of bombings in the country’s northwest on a police post and a vehicle carrying anti-Taliban militiamen.

The call for peace negotiations followed a meeting of many of the country’s main political parties in the capital, Islamabad, to discuss the issue. Momentum for peace talks has grown in recent weeks as both the Taliban and the government have said they are interested.

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