TALIBAN militants fighting the security forces in tribal areas said they were willing to hold unconditional talks with the government. Maulvi Omar, a spokesman for the militants, said they were also willing to lay down their arms if the military ceased operations against them. The Army is conducting operations against militants in the tribal region of Bajaur and the Swat Valley. The operations are said to be a serious effort to eradicate the Taliban. The Army wants them and Al-Qaeda to be removed from Pakistan's tribal regions next to the Afghan border. "We are willing to negotiate with the government without any conditions," Maulvi Omar told the BBC on Wednesday. "We are also willing to lay down our arms, once the military ceases operations against us." The government has said that it is willing to talk to the militants once they lay down their arms. But it has also said it will not tolerate the presence of any foreigners in the region. Maulvi Omar said that the local Taleban did not want foreign militants in the region and would help the government to remove them. "We can set up a Shoora to liaise with the authorities in removing such people," he said. Maulvi Omar said it was useless to debate the security situation in Parliament without taking the Taliban into confidence. "What is the use of discussing the situation without talking to us?" he asked. Meanwhile, reacting to a fatwa issued by Muttahida Ulema Council declaring suicide attacks haram (illegal) and najaiz (unlawful), Taliban on Wednesday said they are launching fidai, not suicide, attacks aimed at targeting the US and its allied forces.   Talking to the BBC, Swat Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan said they themselves also considered suicide attacks haram, and there should be a difference between fidai and suicide attacks. "Attacks are justified against those people who are bombarding our homes and forcing us to evacuate our native areas on US dictations," he said, adding before issuing the fatwa, the MUC members should have visited Bajaur and Swat to see what kind of action the security forces were taking against their own people there on the instruction of the US.