KARACHI: Criticising the government for not being able to take any substantial step towards peace talks, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud Wednesday said they would not hold dialogue through the media.

Speaking in a rare interview with the BBC, he said the Pakistani government should have officially announced initiation of peace talks and should have sent a tribal Jirga to them for that purpose.

“We don’t wish to negotiate with the media….neither do we wish to hear the government’s preconditions through the media nor do we want to put our precondition in front of it,” said Mehsud.

He said Taliban were ready for serious talks with the government and would welcome such an effort from it. He vowed to provide a government Jirga with complete security if it was sent to them.

The TTP chief said scheduled withdrawal of Nato and US forces from Afghanistan will not change anything in Pakistan and vowed to carry on with their ‘activities.’

“We are engaged in a war with Pakistan for two reasons; firstly Pakistan is a friend of America and Ulema (Islamic clerics) were killed and madrassas (religious seminaries) were destroyed in the country upon America’s command.”

“Another reason for waging a Jihad here is the prevailing Kafirana (infidel) system in place in Pakistan,” he added.

Mehsud said the Pakistani Taliban will carry on demanding implementation of Shariah laws in the country even after the 2014 withdrawal.

Acknowledging Pakistani clerics’ appeal for a ceasefire prior to peace talks, he said for any ceasefire to be credible it was important that US drone strikes on Pakistani land are stopped.

Distancing themselves from terrorist attacks on public places, Mehsud said spy agencies were involved in such activities. “Purpose behind those attacks is to move the masses against Taliban so that public support towards us is stopped,” he said.

The TTP chief vowed to carry on attacking “friends of America and devil believers.”

When asked why previous peace initiatives had failed, he blamed the government. “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,” said Mehsud.

“So the government is responsible for past failures,” he added.

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October 9, 2013 9:35 pm

still the govt of Pak is contemplating to hold talks with these 'kharijees' who know nothing but death and destruction. The reasons for waging so called jihad (read fasad) in Pak as outlined by 'ameerul-fasideen' are too weak to appeal to any logic. if Govt. of Pak still wants to hold talks, it must atleast demand handing over of perpetrators of Upper Dhir and Church blasts as a precondition for talks.

syed baqar ahsan
October 9, 2013 9:47 pm

Seriously at time it strike mind these TTP and other banned organisations alive and active due to active involvement of snakes up in sleeves.This continue stand off is a business and public is a charcoal continue to burn(killing) generate heat and disarray.

naghman qureshi
October 9, 2013 9:44 pm

and you want to negotiate imran

FRN (usa)
October 9, 2013 9:44 pm

Ask them a simple question - What do they want to discuss with the government ?

Arshad Mahmood
October 9, 2013 9:53 pm

I request Dawn to not cover this interview taken by foreign media or give it prominence. Likewise, it is not right to give face time on television to Mr. Hakimullah Masud. By sponsoring the murder of thousands of Pakistanis, Mr. Mahsud has become an enemy of the state of Pakistan not of Britain. The Pakistan media must not accord him the status of a politician. He remains a vicious criminal. Media coverage lends dignity to a person who endangers our country and destabilizes our state.

Amjad Wyne
October 9, 2013 9:55 pm

What a liar!. For every attack on Pakistani soil, his spokesperson claimed responsibility and Mehsud or anyone else from his organization never stood up to disown or contradict those claims. People of Pakistan are forgiving but not blind or deaf.

tanweer khan
October 9, 2013 10:09 pm

I found the title of the story misleading. the title may imply that he has ruled out talks. I expect editors at dawn to be better than this

October 9, 2013 10:27 pm

Is it just me or is it really funny when you read about such people giving interviews to the mainstream media? If security forces are seriously interested in capturing him, it shouldn't be difficult for them to trace him out so they can't say "na maloom afraad roposh hain". If they do know where he is hiding then what is stopping them from catching him and breaking into their group? May be I am too naive.....

October 10, 2013 12:07 am

Best thing would be for Government to depute Maulana Fazal ulRahman and Imran khan to start talk to Taliban. No doubt Pakistan is friendly with America but these Talibans are not doing any service by attacking on poor unarmed civilians of Pakistan and are indulging in a great unislamic act. They must realise , arrangements are between Government of Pakistan and America and poor residents of Pakistan have nothing to do with these.

Tariq Mehsud
October 10, 2013 12:23 am

He is a coward who ambush and attack civilians.

thulluka kolli
October 10, 2013 12:25 am

Nice to hear the wise words from this guy. Him saying he is in war with Pakistan sounds great, you know.

Shah Anwar
October 10, 2013 4:13 am

Taliban are our days' "Mir Jafar of bengal, Mir sadiq of deccan, nange deen, nange adam, nange watan" - Dr. Iqbal Foreign funded, like Afghan taliban; nange deen, nange adam, nange watan"

October 10, 2013 4:44 am

TTP, they call them-self Muslims, shame on them...!

October 10, 2013 6:52 am

TTP is right when it claims that the talks whatsoever shud not be conducted or informed to media rather it shud be kept secret & nobody shud be aware as to where & who is conducting the talks from both sides.

October 10, 2013 9:57 am

No Media......very sensible. Our media is of no use anyways except promoting ONLY vulgarity of Indian movie songs.

muzammil ullah khan
October 10, 2013 10:34 am

It is a misleading head line . It should have read , " Jihad in Pakistan against the government will continue till implementation of Sharia and annulling of the present "Kafrana Nizam" ie the present constitution". Your head line presents the Taliban in a very favorable light and is misleading !!

October 10, 2013 12:12 pm

These murderers have killed 50,000 Pakistanis. TTP is our biggest enemy.TTP is not afraid of Pakistan army. TTP is not afraid of Allah. TTP is afraid of only one thing : US drones. So I say Long Live US drones. Keep sending them over. We should once again hand over Shamsi base to US to allow more accurate targeting of these animals.

October 10, 2013 12:50 pm

As a sign of respect for the thousands they have murdered and thousands more left mauled, we must not negoiatewith these animals. Too bad there was not a drone hovering over where this interview took place.

Aftab Kenneth Wilson
October 10, 2013 1:18 pm

We are living in a jungle where powerful rules and ordinary citizen punished (no need to go in details because all know this). Now can humans negotiate with Hyenas who have mercy for no one? Money collected through kidnappings, phone calls, suicide attacks and other threats go straight into the pockets of these Pious Beasts. They are merciless servants of God so what is there to negotiate with them. Money collected through drugs and laundering are their main sources of income which keeps them alive and strong. Why don't government first ask them to ask for pardon publicly, put down their arms and face our justice system (if we really have any). They are only buying time to re-group. They will never leave their lucrative business of terrorism. State should not fall prey to these mercenaries of death and destruction.

October 10, 2013 2:19 pm

“We are engaged in a war with Pakistan for two reasons; firstly Pakistan is a friend of America and Ulema (Islamic clerics) were killed and madrassas (religious seminaries) were destroyed in the country upon America’s command.”

The state of Pakistan should send its army and blow heads of each one of these Talibans!!! Pakistan is not their grandfather's property. They must understand this.

October 11, 2013 1:26 am

"while Rome was burning Nero was playing his fiddle." Members of APC ,aren't you acting like Nero while giving "Peace a chance" ??

October 11, 2013 5:11 pm

Haven't the USAians claimed several times in the past to have droned this guy out? This is an example of disinformation / mind manipulation through mass media.

Najib Ansari
October 11, 2013 10:17 pm

@Asab: They are Either Hindus or Chritians (with long beards) and taking Muslim names to bring havoc to you guys LOL !

October 12, 2013 7:46 pm

To all Jihad lovers ,

Chew on this if you can:

" Im prepared to die, but there is no cause for which Im prepared to kill."

                                                                                                                   Mahatma Gandhi
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