Pak Taliban rule out peace, vow to fight "secular rulers"
Islamabad: The banned Pakistani Taliban have ruled out the possibility of peace negotiations with the government and pledged to continue their fight against the country`s "secular rulers".
Reacting to Interior Minister Rehman Malik`s call to the militants to give up violence and join peace talks, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan said the group would continue its fight.
The Taliban rejected the offer of amnesty for militants who laid down their arms and joined negotiations, Ihsan said.
Talking to reporters in northwest Pakistan, Ihsan accused Malik of being "a foreign agent not worthy of granting forgiveness to the Taliban".
Ihsan said his group would continue fighting till "the ouster of secular rulers imposed by foreign forces to rule an Islamic country".
The Taliban want the creation of "an independent state governed by Shariah law, upon which the foundations of Pakistan were laid", he claimed.
The Taliban have been blamed for hundreds of bombings and suicide attacks over the past four years that have killed or injured thousands.
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