ISLAMABAD – A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban on Saturday denied media reports that the government is holding peace talks with the insurgent group.
Pakistani private media and most Urdu- and English-language dailies Saturday ran headlines reporting the start of peace talks with the Taliban while some said there had been initial contacts with the militants.
Shahidullah Shahid, main spokesman for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said that no contacts had been made between the group and any government official.
“I categorically deny the holding of peace talks on any level between the Taliban and Pakistani government,” Shahid said from an undisclosed location.
“No contacts have even been made between us, nor have we received any offer to initiate peace talks” Shahid added.
Pakistan’s respected English-language daily DAWN quoted Information Minister Pervez Rashid as saying the government is in secret talks with the TTP.