LAHORE - Federal Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanvir Hussain of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Wednesday said the government would wait for an appropriate time to restart peace talks with Pakistani Taliban which he said could take a few months.

“Taliban are angry at the moment…….therefore, talks are not possible until they calm down,” he said in an interview with BBC on Wednesday.

Tanvir said in this regard he hoped for an attempt to be made in a couple of months' time. “Military action would be used as a last resort as we want to give peace a chance,” he said. “Despite Taliban’s rejection, we will continue pursuing the path of negotiations.”

The statement came after Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday told the National Assembly that the government virtually shelved, for now, its plan to revive a disrupted peace effort with Taliban insurgents.

Replying to a question whether the new Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah could be engaged in a dialogue, Rana Tanvir said: “Yes, he is a man with a reputation of having strong opinions…but, let's hope peace talks with him are productive this time around.”

He said extremist groups support talks with the government, adding that they wanted to be inducted in the national mainstream.

Speaking on military leadership’s views regarding dialogue with the Taliban, the minister said the government and armed forces both had same views on the matter. “Both (government and Pakistan Army) are on same page and there is no rift among them,” he said.

The defence production minister said the United States was also supportive of the TTP talks just the way they supported the Doha talks with Afghan Taliban.

However, he also backed the government’s stance that the US could have waited in putting down Hakimullah Mehsud through a drone strike. He said Pakistan was yet to receive an official reaction of the US government regarding the country’s protest on the matter.