What is there to negotiate with the Pakistani Taliban ?

Hakimullah Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistan Taliban (Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan), said in an interview with the BBC that he is open to talks with the government, but until now no one has approached him with such a proposal. The leader of the rebels is clearly trying to be cunning. Immediately after his election to the post of prime minister in May this year, Nawaz Sharif said he was willing for unconditional talks with the Taliban.

This is the same proposal that he repeated in September, says the expert of the Russian Institute of Strategic Studies, Boris Volkhonsky:

“But almost immediately after the announcement came a series of high-profile attacks in Pakistan, the most significant of which were the attack on a Christian church in Peshawar killing more than 80 people, the explosion in the market in the same city killing more than 40 people, murder of an army general and several officers of the Pakistan Army . All of this put into question the very possibility of negotiations with the Taliban.”

And even one of the most popular politicians in Pakistan Imran Khan, whom many detractors called the "Taliban Khan" for his alleged sympathy for the Taliban, said that, of course, the best way is that of negotiations, but if within two months the talks produce no result, then he would support military action against the Taliban.

However, as reported on Wednesday by the Pakistani newspaper The News, in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where the "Movement for Justice" party of Imran Khan (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, PTI ) is in power, the negotiations between the Muslim religious scholars ( ulema ) and representatives of the TTP are going on, and the provincial government intends to support this process, says Boris Volkhonsky:

“It is important to note the following. In countries emerging from an era of instability, accompanied by an outbreak of violence, sometimes you have to make very painful decisions for the victims and their families and move to step over their former enmity, declaring amnesty even for the most intransigent militants. But always, in all circumstances, the one indispensable condition is that the militants should abandon the practice of terror and lay down their arms not in words but in deeds.”

This is not observed in the actions of TTP and in the statement by its leader. Speaking about the possibility of talks with the government, Hakimullah Mehsud has insisted that he needs the talks to state his terms for a peace settlement, that is, he is going to speak from a position of strength. But how far does the leader of the TTP control the entire set of disparate militant groups, acting under the "umbrella" of the movement. In an interview, he categorically denied any involvement in the recent terrorist attacks . But even if he is not lying, it means that the negotiations with the TTP will not put an end to the violence. And then what is the point in holding such talks?