Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan is an umbrella group and is a separate organization from the Afghan Taliban. In November, Pakistan announced a month-long cease-fire with the TTP. The group has been behind numerous attacks on security forces and civilians over the last 14 years.
The cease-fire ended on Dec. 9 and since then, the group has resumed attacks. The Taliban, who brokered the monthlong truce, have assured Islamabad that they will not allow TTP to use Afghan soil for violence in Pakistan.
Pakistani authorities say the talks with the TTP failed because they presented demands that were non-negotiable. The demands have not been publicly disclosed.
According to two Pakistani security officials, Balti was also a resident of Pakistan's northern Gilgit Baltistan region. He was planning terrorist attacks in Pakistan and was killed by unidentified assailants in Afghanistan, the officials said. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to speak to the media.
No one has claimed responsibility for Balti's killing.
TTP's chief Noor Wali and his fighters are believed to be hiding in Afghanistan.