File photograph taken on November 26, 2008, shows Pakistani Taliban commander Hakimullah Mehsud
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Pakistan's Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud on 'serious talks'

9 October 2013 Last updated at 18:56 BST

The leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, has spoken exclusively to the BBC's Ahmed Wali Mujeeb, as debate rages in Pakistan about whether the government should enter into talks with the Taliban.

Hakimullah, who has a $5m bounty on his head, said that he was prepared for ''serious'' talks, but the government had to sit with them before they could ''present their conditions.''

Aleem Maqbool reports from Islamabad.