Pakistan's presumptive PM calls for talks with Taleban

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistan's presumptive prime minister has called for peace talks with Taleban militants at war with the government.

Mr Nawaz Sharif said in a speech on Monday that Taleban offers to talk should be taken seriously.

Mr Sharif's party won a resounding victory in the May 11 national election, and is set to form the country's next government.

He has pushed for talks with the Pakistani Taleban in the past, but this is the first time he has done so publicly since the election.

The Taleban has been waging a bloody insurgency against the government for years that has killed thousands of security personnel and civilians.