Pakistan’s Taliban chief rejects peace talks

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MIRANSHAH: The Pakistani Taliban appointed a hardline cleric linked to the attack on Malala Yousafzai as their new chief on Thursday and dismissed proposed peace talks with the government as a “waste of time.” Maulana Fazlullah, notorious for leading the militants’ brutal two-year rule in Pakistan’s northwestern Swat valley, was elected to replace Hakimullah Mehsud, who was killed in a United States drone strike on Friday.

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