`Pak Taliban ready to talk but won`t give up arms`
Last Updated: Friday, December 28, 2012, 23:56
  
Islamabad: Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud Friday rejected calls from the government to surrender arms but said the outfit was ready to talk, media reports said.

In a 40-minute video message sent to Pakistani TV channels, Mehsud said the Taliban believe in talks but will not accept the government's condition to disarm the fighters, Xinhua reported.

Islamabad: Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud Friday rejected calls from the government to surrender arms but said the outfit was ready to talk, media reports said.

In a 40-minute video message sent to Pakistani TV channels, Mehsud said the Taliban believe in talks but will not accept the government's condition to disarm the fighters, Xinhua reported.

Mehsud, speaking in his native Pashto language, accused the Pakistani government of breaking peace agreements with the outfit in the past.

He said the government cannot take independent decisions over pressure from the US.

The Taliban chief said the outfit will keep on attacking the ethnic Pashtoon Awami National Party (ANP) in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

PTI


First Published: Friday, December 28, 2012, 23:55


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