PESHAWAR - The banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Sunday expressed its desire to hold talks with the Pakistani government.
The TTP, however, demanded of the government to create conducive environment for talks.
In a statement, the TTP spokesman Shahid Ullah Shahid expressed Taliban’s desire to hold serious and meaningful talks with the government.
The statement added that it was government’s responsibility to create conducive environment for talks.
TTP spokesman further added that government was making statements through media outlets to confuse the public, while the TTP had responded positively to every delegation sent by the government including Maulana Samiul Haq.
“Government is pursuing politics of propaganda and threat regarding dialogue,” said statement.
“The government-controlled media continued its propaganda against the Taliban,” the statement concluded.
BBC adds: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid reacting to the TTP offer, said Sunday that PML-N in its meeting on Monday (today) would discuss whether it was a political statement or Taliban were ready to lead their lives as per the Constitution of Pakistan.
Talking to BBC, Pervaiz said Taliban had carried out attacks on armed forces, schools, worship places and ordinary citizens. He said PML-N party would definitely deliberate on how Taliban had changed their mind all of a sudden after these attacks.
About the recent Taliban attacks, he said the TTP, if serious for talks, should reply about these recurring attacks.