Taliban deny reports of rift in leadership

The Pakistani Taliban Monday rejected reports of a rift in its top leadership and said there was no move to replace its chief Hakimullah Mehsud with Wali-ur-Rehman.

"Reports have no truth...all 42 members attended shura last week chaired by Hakimullah Mehsud, which is sufficient to rebuff reports of any change in Tehrik-e-Taliban's top slot," Taliban spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan was quoted as saying by the website of Dawn.

He also rejected a media report that Rehman was in touch with the government to finalise some sort of peace deal and start a "rebellion against Hakimullah Mehsud".

He ruled out any truce with the government, which follows "dictates from abroad".

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