Pakistan and Taliban urge US to resume Afghan peace talks
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