Islamabad: The Pakistani Taliban have said they will not change their decision of withdrawing an offer of peace talks to the government because they are still mourning the killing of their deputy chief, Waliur Rehman, in a US drone strike.

"We are still in a state of shock at the martyrdom of our deputy chief and there is no change in our decision of not talking to the government," Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan said.

"We had offered dialogue and wanted to talk to everyone, but the government has no power and the powerful establishment has never shown seriousness for a peace dialogue," Ihsan said.

The Taliban withdrew its offer of dialogue with the new PML-N government a day after Ihsan confirmed on May 30 that Rehman was killed with six other militants in a US drone strike in North Waziristan Agency.


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