The new leader of the Taliban in Pakistan has issued a stark option to the country's military: stop following American orders and we will stop our attacks, according to Sky News.
In the interview obtained by Sky News, Hakimullah Mehsud also said he will send his soldiers to the Indian border to fight there, once an Islamic state is created in Pakistan.
His words will be seen as chilling by Pakistan's neighbor.
They come as the U.S. Treasury declared the Taliban was thriving financially, while terror group Al Qaeda was suffering a cash crisis.
David Cohen, the U.S. Treasury's assistant secretary for terrorist financing, said the West had successfully cut off Al Qaeda's funds, according to Sky News.
This has manifested itself in the organization losing influence and weakened it substantially, he said.