Afghan Taliban and Govt Peace Talks in Islamabad
ISLAMABAD: The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday began talks with the Afghan government in the federal capital, media reported.
Sources privy to the development confirmed the government side is being led by Deputy Foreign Minister Hikmat Khalil Karzai, while the Taliban side includes Former Deputy Foreign Minister Mullah Jalil and senior leader Qari Din Muhammad.
Sources added that this is a follow-up meeting of the recently held talks in Urumqi, China.
Earlier, the Afghan Taliban decided to distance themselves from peace talks in last month, hours after Pakistan’s foreign affairs adviser said the country had facilitated negotiations.
For many members of the group, Pakistan’s sponsored dialogue is an attempt to discredit the authority of its Qatar office.
In response, the Taliban leadership council said no one had granted them permission to discuss political affairs with anyone as a representative of the Islamic Emirate or the political office.
Furthermore, the council said the political office has been responsible for handling all internal and external political activities related to the Islamic Emirate since the inauguration.
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