Pakistan, local Taliban agree to ceasefire

Pakistan's government says it has agreed to a month-long ceasefire with Islamist militants in the country. The deal was mediated by the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan.

The Pakistani government made the announcement on state media on Monday.

It said the ceasefire with the Pakistani Taliban was brokered by the Taliban interim government in Afghanistan.

The Pakistani Taliban also released a statement saying the ceasefire is effective from Tuesday through December 9, and could be extended if both sides agree.

The Pakistani Taliban was formed in 2007 to support the Taliban in Afghanistan. Its members have repeatedly attacked Pakistani government and US targets.

In 2012, the group shot and seriously wounded Malala Yousafzai, a then 15-year-old schoolgirl and women's education advocate.

The group is said to be allied with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

A Pakistani newspaper quoted a source as saying the ceasefire agreement was mediated by Sirajuddin Haqqani, a hardliner who serves as acting interior minister in the Afghan interim government.

Pakistan's government and the Pakistani Taliban held unsuccessful peace talks in 2014.