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article imagePakistani Taliban open to peace talks

By Sami Zaatari     Oct 9, 2013 in World
The Pakistani Taliban are open to peace talks according to the group's leader, Hakimullah Mehsud, who spoke with the BBC.
Mehsud said the group was open for serious talks, but had yet to be approached by the Pakistani government:
We believe in serious talks but the government has taken no steps to approach us. The government needs to sit with us, then we will present our conditions
Mehsud also went on to state the group's reasoning behind its attacks on the Pakistani state security services, citing U.S. drone strikes, as well as Pakistani operations in the tribal regions at the behest of the U.S.:
The government of Pakistan bombs innocent tribal people due to the pressure of America... Drone strikes conducted by Americans were [backed] by Pakistan. Then the Americans pressed Pakistan to start ground operations in these areas, and Pakistan complied. So the government is responsible for past failures.
The Pakistani Taliban, a separate group from the Afghan Taliban, have been responsible for dozens of attacks inside Pakistan, killing thousands of people, though its leader denied the group has carried out attacks on public places, claiming to only have targeted those who are with America, in reference to the state's security services.
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