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Pak govt ‘ready’ for talks with Taliban only if ‘they quit violence’: Malik

Islamabad, Jan 1 (ANI): Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that the government is ready to hold talks with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud if the banned militant group quits violence.

Malik said action would be taken if the TTP continued on its path of violence.

According to the Daily times, he also said that the TTP has given no response regarding renouncing violence.

When a reply is received all stakeholders will be consulted and the nation’s emotions will be taken into consideration before implementing any policy regarding the TTP, he added.

In a video message, Hakimullah Mehsud had said that the TTP were ready to negotiate with the government, but unwilling to surrender arms. (ANI)