Ousted deputy leader of Pakistan Taliban favors gov't talks

PESHAWAR - A deputy leader of the Pakistan Taliban, reportedly ousted at the weekend by a militant council, still favors talks with the Pakistani government, he told Reuters on Tuesday.
"Whenever I've held talks with the government of Pakistan, I've held them with the permission and advice of the central leadership of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan," Maulvi Faqir Mohammad said from an undisclosed location.
"When the Taliban in Afghanistan can talk to America, then why can't we talk to the government of Pakistan?"
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