"After consultation with all the factions it has been unanimously decided that we will not hold any peace talks with the government. It's a puppet government of the US and it deceived us in the name of peace talks," a local news website quoted Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Shahidullah Shahid as saying on Sunday.

The spokesman said the killing of Mehsud had proved that the government was not serious in holding the peace talks.

"We did not want innocent Pakistani people to suffer any more and therefore decided to hold negotiations with the government. But the government, by helping the US in the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud, proved that there was zero sincerity in the mind of the rulers. It was neither sincere nor serious in peace negotiations," he said.

"We are passing through a difficult phase and are still in the state of mourning. And that's the reason we could not sit to choose his successor," he added.

Taliban threatens to target PML-N leadership

Taliban has also warned that it "will soon start targeting" the ruling PML-N leadership for its alleged support to the US in the region.

A local news website quoted an unnamed senior militant commander operating in Afghanistan as saying that they would soon start targeting the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership for its alleged support to the US in the region.

He warned the government would have to pay the price for, what he termed playing a double game with the TTP. Shahidullah said Hakimullah's killing was a "huge loss" to the Taliban, adding they would always feel his absence.
He said the TTP Shura would hold its meeting within the next few days and would choose the next Taliban leader.

When told about reports that the Shura had held its meeting in North Waziristan but could not develop consensus over one name, the Taliban spokesman said it was not true.

He said all the Shura members had been informed about the meeting and they would soon gather at a safe place to choose Hakimullah's successor.


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