Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that the Taliban do not have a serious or sincere attitude on holding talks with the government, and called it a "joke".
Malik said the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have nominated Adnan Rashid, a proclaimed offender, for holding talks with the government on their behalf, reports The Express Tribune.
He further said that TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan has no credibility.
Malik pointed out that all statements by the Taliban that seem to be made on the directions by someone else as they don't seem to be that of the TTP. However, he appreciated the offer of talks with Taliban before the general elections and termed it as a good omen.
Malik once again urged the militants to give up violence, the oft-stated precondition to talks. He added that if the TTP believe in Pakistan's sovereignty, they must stop killing innocent people.