PESHAWAR - Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is likely to release the kidnapped Vice Chancellor of Islamia College University Peshawar Prof Ajmal Khan as a goodwill gesture in case of ceasefire.

Prof Ajmal Khan was kidnapped from the university premises on September 07, 2010. It will be big news if TTP releases Prof Ajmal, who is in Taliban captivity since September 7, 2010 when he was kidnapped along with his driver at gunpoint from Professor Colony in University of Peshawar.

The government negotiation committee has asked Taliban to initiate the ceasefire. The TTP may announce a ceasefire within next 24 hours and as a goodwill gesture, Taliban may release Prof Ajmal Khan, sources said.

Meanwhile, Taliban have demanded of the government to release their women, children and aged prisoners to pave way for negotiations and ceasefire. Government reportedly has said that if Taliban take the ceasefire initiative, the government can reciprocate considering release of Taliban prisoners.

After having been in Taliban captivity for two years, Taliban had released Mohibullah, driver of Prof. Ajmal Khan. It is worth mentioning here that Ajmal Khan is a close relative of the Awami National Party (ANP) President Asfandyar Wali Khan and he was kidnapped when his party was governing the province.

After being kidnapped, teachers and students organisations, members of civil society across the country staged protest demonstrations calling for the release of Ajmal Khan. So far, Taliban have released four videotapes, wherein Ajmal is seen appealing for his early release for being heart patient. Besides, in one of his video, Ajmal has requested the vice-chancellors, teachers and students to put pressure on the government to take steps for his release from the captivity of Taliban. The militants last year had set a deadline for acceptance of their demands and threatened to kill him if the government did not accept their demands.

However, they extended the deadline for an indefinite period reportedly on the appeal of the vice-chancellor's family and some religious scholars hailing from Ajmal Khan's native Charsadda district. The KPK government has recently given four years extension to Prof. Ajmal Khan in his service.

FIVE DEAD IN NWA AMBUSH

The death toll in North Waziristan's Tehsil Miranshah firing and rocket attack reached five.

According to details, some armed militants on board two vehicles attacked another vehicle with rockets in Datta Khel area. As a result, five persons died on the spot while the vehicle caught fire. All the bodies were burnt beyond recognition. Local people on self help basis shifted the bodies to nearby area but faced difficulty to identify them.

5KG BOMB DEFUSED IN HANGU

INP adds: The police foiled a massive terror bid as it recovered and defused explosives material here on Sunday.

Police said that unknown miscreants had planted a bomb weighing 5 kg near a hospital in Dilan area of tehsil Tal in Hangu.

The police upon getting the information reached the site alongwith Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) and defused the bomb.

Police said that the bomb would have caused massive destruction had it exploded but the terror bid was thwarted due to timely action.