Pakistani Taleban chief says still open to 'serious talks'
ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistani Taleban leader Hakimullah Mehsud on Wednesday said he was still open to peace talks, but that the government has not taken any serious steps to start a dialogue.
Mehsud, who has a US$5 million (S$6 million) US government bounty on his head, said he would continue to target the United States and its allies and reiterated the demand that any ceasefire in Pakistan must include an end to US drone strikes.
"We believe in serious talks and we are ready to sit down for them, but the government has not taken any serious steps," Mehsud said in a rare video interview with the BBC at an undisclosed location in the north-western tribal areas.
"The government has not formally made any contact," he said. "There is a set procedure for talks, that if one is ready for talks with the other side then they sit with each other and discuss the matters."