The Tehreek-e-Taliban, an umbrella group of militant organizations in Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the attack on the Lahore police training school on Monday. The attack killed eight police recruits and two civilians, and left nearly 100 people wounded.
Beithullah Mehsud, Taliban militant commander in South Waziristan of Pakistan, spoke to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Tuesday, said the attack was in retaliation for the U.S. drone strikes in the tribal areas targeting Taliban hideouts in South Waziristan.
Mehsud is the same person described as a patriotic citizen of Pakistan by the ISI chief Shuja Pasha, in his remarks after the Mumbai attacks. He said Mehsud and the Swat Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah were ready to offer ceasefires with the Pakistan Army, so that troops could concentrate on the Indian border.