Banned militant group Lashkar-e-Islam agreed on Thursday, to hold talks with government after a nine-month silence. The group's spokesman, Zarr Khan appealed the government to stop the on-going military operation in the Bara tribal region and said the group is willing to hold talks. Speaking from an unknown location, Khan told a private TV channel that Lashkar-e-Islam has not challenged the writ of the government and should therefore not be attacked by the military forces. "Many civilians and local tribesmen have been killed in the operation and we appeal to the government to stop it immediately," Khan said. He added that his group is not involved in 'anti-state activities' and is not fighting against security forces. Lashkar-e-Islam is based in the Bara district of Tirah Valley - a part of the Khyber Agency tribal region currently under military operation.