PESHAWAR - The Taliban Thursday alleged the government of pursuing a dual policy, saying on one side it was harping on the beat of peace talks while on the other it was issuing threats to militants.
Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Shahidullah Shahid in a media statement also alleged that the army has been conducting operation in Babar and Shaktoi areas of South Waziristan Agency for last two days, warning that talks and war cannot go together.
Shahid said that operations were being intensified against the TTP across the country. He went on to say that Taliban are willing to talk in the interest of Islam and the Muslims of Pakistan, but would not accept the dialogue to be used a political tool and to pursue war tactics.
“Taliban are fighting for the supremacy of sharia and our Mujahideen have the capability to face any difficult situation and they know how to give a befitting response to the enemy,” the spokesman said. Taliban are ready to face any situation, he added.
From day one the TTP, he claimed, had demonstrated sincerity and seriousness in the talks and had agreed to a 45-day ceasefire, while government has shown no seriousness up till now. “On our demands, no progress has been made. Government has not established its authority. And, has been unable to stop operations against Taliban,” he said.
He said that TTP do not know, whether it should hold dialogue with the government or the army. Taliban would not step back from the serious and useful talks but would not accept the politics of threats, he said.