In a rare interview, ITV International Correspondent John Irvine spoke to Taliban veteran Agha Jan Motasim about Afghanistan's future.
They knew it was coming. Pakistani officials received intelligence of an impending attack on the jail two weeks ago.
Official peace talks on Afghanistan between the United States and the Taliban were delayed today, amid a row about an office.
Grenade-wielding Taliban fighters battled Pakistani security forces during a sophisticated midnight attack on a major prison holding hundreds of Taliban and other militants, police said on Monday.
Fighting continued into the early hours of today, and security forces said they had imposed a curfew on the city, Dera Ismail Khan, 200 miles (320 km) west of Lahore.
The Pakistani Taliban sent 100 fighters and seven suicide bombers on a mission to free some of their top leaders, said Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid.
He said they had freed around 300 prisoners, a claim that could not immediately be verified. Some of the suicide bombers had blown up at the prison walls and some were in reserve, he said.
Gunmen battled Pakistani security forces for control of a major prison holding hundreds of militants on Monday night, police said.
The gunmen launched their attack with a series of heavy explosions before firing rocket propelled grenades and machine guns, district police chief Sohail Khalid said.
The prison, in the central town of Dera Ismail Khan, houses Taliban and militants from banned sectarian groups.
John Kerry has told reporters that he is hopeful that talks with the Taliban can get "back on track" but that he was "unsure whether that was possible".
The US Secretary of State also indicated that a Taliban office in Qatar which was very recently opened, would "have to close" if the Taliban decided not to continue with the negotiations.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said the US talks with the Taliban could ultimately lead to reconciliation but he was aware that it may not be possible.
He added that it remains to be seen whether the Taliban is ready to do its part for the Afghanistan peace process.
Taliban officials have said they are willing to release a captive US soldier in exchange for some of the prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay, the Associated Press reports.
Preliminary Afghan peace talks between US and Taliban officials are unlikely to take place today as originally planned, according to Reuters.
Asked if the meeting in Qatar would go ahead, a source is reported to have said: "There is nothing scheduled that I am aware of." Asked if that meant they would not happen today, the source added: "Yes that's correct."
US diplomats are set to meet Taliban representatives in Qatar for the first formal direct talks. The meeting will take place following months of negotiations.
Dr Rudra Chaudhuri compiled a report on the issue last year following a interviews with four senior Taliban figures.
He told Daybreak "the old guard of the Taliban want some sort of a negotiative end to this conflict."
He added: "There is a recognition amongst all sides that military victory, be it by the American led victory or the Taliban military victory is out of the question."