ISLAMABAD - Underscoring the risk of further violence if talks fail, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) committee member Maulana Abdul Aziz has said that Taliban have 500 female suicide bombers ready to act, reports Bloomberg.

The TTP sees no urgency to reach an agreement with Nawaz Sharif’s government, Maulana Aziz, one of three negotiators representing the TTP, said in an interview at his Islamabad seminary.

“You should know that at the moment they have at least 400 to 500 female suicide bombers in Waziristan and other tribal areas,” said Aziz, former head cleric of  Lal Masjid, referring to the TTP. “The government should realise the situation and their demands.”

Aziz said the Taliban were most interested in implementing Sharia law in Pakistan. The US military presence in Afghanistan is “a very small factor” in the fight, he said, disputing statements by Imran Khan and others.

“They are fighting for the implementation of Sharia,” Aziz said at the seminary, where some 1,300 female students are studying. “It’s the law of nature that when people don’t get their rights, they pick up arms.”

The number of female suicide bombers mentioned by Aziz “is a very exaggerated figure,” said Muhammad Amir Rana, director of the Islamabad-based Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies. “The Taliban are way ahead in the propaganda war, and they have given a tough time to the state,” he said. “Female suicide bombers have been used, but not too many.”

“The Taliban are in no hurry,” Aziz said, when asked whether the group wanted a deal soon to avoid a military strike. “They say they are not worried about it. They have been in a state of war for the past 10 years.”

Suicide bombers have been used frequently in the conflict, including two that killed more than 80 people at a Christian church in Peshawar in September. Aziz justified the use of suicide bombers, saying that they believed in the cause and were willing to sacrifice.

“If the military has weapons and air power, they have suicide bombers,” Aziz said of the Taliban. “You cannot match them. Suicide bombers even destroyed the power of America in Afghanistan.”

TTP WANTS FAZLULLAH TO LEAD COUNTRY:  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’. Asked about 15 demands the TTP has reportedly made for talks with the government, he said, "We do not disagree with the demands being attributed to us in the media. However, we have issued no such information to the media." The Taliban's position has been communicated to the government through a committee led by radical cleric Samiul Haq, he said.

The TTP wants the peace process to succeed even though previous talks failed because of the government's ‘non-seriousness and foreign pressure’, he claimed.

"If these talks fail, the government will obviously try to launch a military operation. But we have been tested before and passed such phases with success dozens of times," he said.