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New Taliban leader 'notoriously brutal'

The BBC has learned that the new leader of the Pakistan Taliban is a notoriously brutal commander whose fighters tried to kill the schoolgirl Malala Yusufzai.

The BBC has learned that the new leader of the Pakistan Taliban is a notoriously brutal commander whose fighters tried to kill the schoolgirl Malala Yusufzai.

Just a week ago there were cautious indications that the Taliban and the Pakistani government were prepared to hold peace talks.

But since then a US drone strike has killed the Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, and the new man says he doesn't care to talk.

Richard Galpin reports from Islamabad.