The Pakistani Taliban has claimed that it is serious about peace talks with the Pakistan government.

Tehreek-i-Taliban (TTP) spokesman Shahidullah Shahid, speaking to journalists over phone from an undisclosed location, said the TTP leadership was in constant touch with all factions on the issue of ceasefire and a decision in this regard would be taken soon, Dawn online reported on Wednesday.

The peace process faced a deadlock after the TTP on Sunday killed 23 security personnel, who had been captured in 2010. The TTP claimed that it killed the security personnel as revenge for what it called “extra-judicial killing” of its detained activists.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday met the government’s committee formed to hold peace talks with the Taliban, during which the committee expressed its inability to carry forward the peace talks.

The government committee said the talks could not progress without any concrete steps and also asked the TTP to unconditionally cease all violent activities without any delay.IANS