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Afghan Government Wants Self-directed Taliban for Talks

C11FFC21-D04D-47BB-A4E4-C7CBD9516215_w640_r1_sEfforts related to talks between the Afghan government and Taliban with the help of Pakistan have been observed recently again after news of the death of Mulla Umar in July had delayed its second round.

In the last few months Pakistan has been trying to bring the Afghan government to talks but Kabul instead wants that Pakistan should rather take action against people involved in terrorist activities in Afghanistan. In Kabul the researcher Hekmatullah Azamy of Center for Conflict and Peace Studies has said while referring to this divergence of interests among Kabul and Islamabad that the talks could have a future if Taliban were self-directed.

Mr Azamy has added that Afghan government doesn’t seem ready to accept the demands of Taliban residents in Pakistan because Kabul thinks that such demands are actually Pakistan’s own.

Meanwhile Taliban have appointed Sher Muhammad Stanikzai as the head of their political office in Qatar. He is a senior Taliban leader who was also Health Minister during the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.


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