Taliban must give up arms before talks: Pakistan

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Posted: Oct 18, 2011 3:13 AM
Taliban must give up arms before talks: Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan will only hold peace talks with Taliban insurgents if they lay down their arms first, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Tuesday. "The minimum agenda is that they give up arms and come forward and then there will be talks. But if they think they will keep Kalashnikovs in their hands and also hold talks, that will not happen," he told reporters.

Both sides have indicated recently they were open to talks.

(Reporting by Zeeshan haider and Qasim Nauman; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Chris Allbritton and Yoko Nishikawa)