Pak­istan and Tal­iban urge US to re­sume Afghan peace talks

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global - Omer Fa­rooq Khan

Is­lam­abad: Pak­istan and Tal­iban urged on Thurs­day that Wash­ing­ton’s stalled peace ne­go­ti­a­tions with the in­sur­gent group must re­sume as soon as pos­si­ble to end the long-drawn con­flict in the war-torn Afghanista­n.

A del­e­ga­tion of Doha-based Tal­iban Po­lit­i­cal Com­mis­sion headed by Mul­lah Ab­dul Ghani Baradar, had ar­rived in Is­lam­abad on Wed­nes­day hours af­ter a US team led by Zal­may Khalilzad, Wash­ing­ton’s spe­cial en­voy for Afghan rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, landed in Is­lam­abad. Both teams will stay in Pak­istan for a while, as per re­ports.

On Thurs­day , Pak­istan’s for­eign min­is­ter Shah Mehmood Qureshi met the 11mem­ber Tal­iban del­e­ga­tion at the for­eign of­fice. The meet­ing was at­tended by ISI chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed, for­eign sec­re­tary So­hail Mah­mood and other of­fi­cials of the min­istry of for­eign af­fairs. This was the first ever visit of a Tal­iban del­e­ga­tion to Pak­istan since the es­tab­lish­ment of the TPC in Doha, Qatar.

“Both sides agreed on the need for ear­li­est re­sump­tion of the peace process. For­eign min­is­ter re­it­er­ated Pak­istan’s com­mit­ment and con­tin­ued strong sup­port for all ef­forts in this re­gard,” a state­ment is­sued by Pak­istan’s for­eign of­fice said.


A Tal­iban del­e­ga­tion led by Mul­lah Ab­dul Ghani Baradar (L) met Pak­istan for­eign min­is­ter Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Is­lam­abad on Thurs­day

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