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Taliban’s high-level delegation arrives in Islamabad

Taliban’s high-level delegation arrives in Islamabad
October 2, 2019
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – A high-level delegation led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar of Afghan Taliban has arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday. Pakistan’s effort for restoring peace process in Afghanistan as the Taliban have sent a high-level delegation to Islamabad as part of a tour that has included Russia, China and Iran in a push for support to resurrect a peace deal with Washington that seemed imminent just one month ago. Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen says in a tweet that Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a co-founder of the Taliban and head of their political office in Qatar, will lead the delegation during talks in Pakistan. The delegation of Afghan Taliban will also meet with PM Imran Khan. American Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad is already in Islamabad indicating a possible restart for the recently called off ‘Afghan Peace Talks’. Zalmay Khalilzad had reached Pakistan prior with a 5 member delegation from China. Afghanistan Reconciliation representative for State Department (US) Zalmay Khalilzad called upon the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan during his recently concluded visit to America where he went to raise awareness over ongoing atrocities in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK). Both dignitaries discussed the ongoing situation in Afghanistan and the apparent dissolution of the Afghan peace process.
US resume dialogue with Taliban, PM Imran asks Zalmay Khalilzad
US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in New York. They discussed various issues including Afghan peace process. He asked US to resume dialogue with Taliban as Pakistan is ready to play its role for regional peace. “It’s sad to hear that the dialogue process between US and Taliban was cancelled at the eleventh hour,” said PM Khan. He was of the view that Pakistan had always taken stand that military intervention into not solution to the Afghan dispute. Zalmay Khalilzad said Pakistan’s leadership is working with new vision. hE lauded PM Imran Khan for backing Afghan peace process.