Stanikzai met Mullah Omar’s brother as secret Afghan talks revive in Qatar

stanikzai-met-mullah-omars-brotherKABUL: The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS) Chief, Masoom Stanikzai has met with the brother of Mullah Mohammad amid reports secret peace talks have revived in Qatar.

According to the sources in Taliban group, quoted in a report by The Guardian, among those present at the meetings held in September and October was Mullah Abdul Manan Akhund, brother of Mullah Omar, the former Taliban chief who led the movement from its earliest days until his death in 2013.

The sources further added that the Afghan officials and the Taliban group representatives have met for at least two times since the efforts stalled in the format of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) earlier this year.

Mullah Omar’s son, Mohammad Yaqoob, is expected to soon join the Doha group, a Taliban source told The Guardian, in a move that would further bolster the authority of the office.

No Pakistani official took part in either the October or September meetings, according to a member of the Taliban’s leadership council, the Quetta Shura.

The Taliban militants group and the Afghan government have not formally commented regarding the report so far.

Efforts to revive peace talks in QCG format failed after the Taliban group rejected to join direct peace talks and announced their spring offensive in mid-April.

The Quadrilateral Coordination Group was comprised of representatives of Afghanistan, Pakistan, United States, and China and was formed at the start of this year to help revive the Afghan peace talks. -KP

THE PASHTUN TIMES

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