Taliban delegation in Pakistan for Afghan peace dialogue

Islamabad, August 24

A high-level delegation from the Taliban’s political workplace in Doha arrived in Pakistan on Monday to debate the best way ahead within the Afghan peace course of with the Pakistani management.

The delegation, comprising Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the pinnacle of the Afghan Taliban’s political workplace in Doha, is right here to debate the Afghan peace course of with the Pakistani management on the invitation of the nation’s overseas workplace.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday stated that he would meet with the delegation on Tuesday, the report stated.

On Sunday, overseas workplace spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri stated: “Yes, we have now invited the Afghan Taliban delegation to go to Pakistan to debate the best way ahead within the Afghan peace course of”.

The Afghan Taliban spokesperson additionally confirmed {that a} delegation led by Mullah Baradar can be visiting Islamabad and different capitals to debate the Afghan peace efforts.

This would be the second go to of Mullah Baradar to Pakistan within the final 10 months.

He visited Islamabad in October final 12 months when President Donald Trump abruptly known as off the peace talks with the Taliban, citing the militant group’s continued assaults in opposition to the US-led overseas forces in Afghanistan.

Pakistan at the moment had organized a gathering between the Taliban delegation led by Mullah Baradar and US particular envoy Zalmay Khalilzad.

That assembly had helped the method to be again on observe, which finally culminated within the landmark deal signed between the US and the Taliban on February 29. The deal envisages a roadmap for the US troops’ withdrawal in return for the Taliban agreeing to not let Afghan soil be ever used once more by any terrorist group.

The go to of the Afghan delegation comes as preparations are being made to kick begin the subsequent section of Afghan peace course of, which is the intra-Afghan talks.

The intra-Afghan dialogue has been delayed for months due to variations between the Afghan authorities and the Taliban over the discharge of Taliban prisoners.

Recently, the ultimate hurdle was eliminated when Afghan Loya Jirga – tribal grand meeting – endorsed President Ashraf Ghani’s transfer to free the remaining 400 Taliban prisoners.

The growth has now paved the best way for the much-awaited intra-Afghan dialogue, media experiences stated.

The first spherical is predicted to happen in Doha, capital of Qatar. — PTI

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