NORTH WAZIRISTAN - Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said on Sunday that they are willing to hold talks with the government but would never accept the dialogue process under Pakistan’s constitution.
“Pakistan’s constitution carries agenda of the secular nations,” he added. He said no talks have been started with the Pakistan government so far, adding the govt had not even nominated its team in this connection.
In a video interview from an undeclared location in North Waziristan, Shahid said they were ready for the peace talks but the government did not seem to be serious. The government of Pakistan would have to announce unilateral ceasefire if it is serious about talks, he said adding that the govt seemed helpless as it could not convince the US to stop the ongoing drone attacks in tribal areas. “It was difficult to hold talks with powerless rulers,” he said.
According to private TV channel, Shahid said the aim of the TTP was to defend Muslims all over the world and the outfit was not involved in killing of Pakistani citizens. A third force, working for enemies of Islam, was involved in the attacks on the Pakistani cities, he said. He said they had not planned to attack Pakistan’s nuclear installations.
Regarding the reports of differences among different militant groups, the TTT spokesman said all groups are united under the leadership of Hakimullah Mehsood. The so-called groups were only different wings working under a central command, he said.
Talking about Malala Yousafzai, he said she was targeted because of her anti-Islam propaganda and not because of going to school. “We’ll target Malala again if we get an opportunity,” he said adding the secular forces, who are exploiting Malala, don’t even bother to remember the female students killed in Jamia Hafsa during an operation.
About PTI chief, Shahid said Imran is also part of the secular system and if he was serious about talks with Taliban he should quit the path of western democracy.
Shahid said some people have been making sincere efforts for peace talks for the last so many years and the TTP valued these people. However, he said talks with the Pakistan government are possible only if their demands are accepted first which included end to drone assaults and release of Taliban detainees.