ISLAMABAD: In a move that could affect ongoing peace talks with the government, Taliban have said they want commander Mullah Fazlullah to lead the country.
"In Pakistan, Mullah Fazlullah is leading us and he has all the qualities to lead the Pakistani nation," said Shahidullah Shahid, spokesman of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
Shahid further said in an interview with Newsweek Pakistan that the militants, who are fighting for Sharia (Islamic law) in Pakistan, consider Afghan Taliban spiritual leader Mullah Omar as their ‘Amirul Momineen’ (leader of the faithful).
Shahid said the TTP is at war with the government for two reasons - its ‘friendship’ with the US and the continuation of the ‘un-Islamic democratic system’.
"We want the establishment of Sharia in Pakistan; this was the reason that Pakistan was created," he claimed. Shahid said his group is ready for a ceasefire but the government should announce it first. He also described the government's assertion that peace talks be conducted within the framework of the Constitution as a ‘precondition’.
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