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Pakistan, Afghanistan to revive talks with Taliban

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  1. A.Rafay

    A.Rafay ELITE MEMBER

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    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Afghanistan are due to hold crucial talks next week in Islamabad to revive a stalled process seeking direct negotiations with the Afghan Taliban, a senior foreign ministry official told The Express Tribune on Thursday.
    The official, who asked to remain anonymous, disclosed that top Afghan negotiator Salahuddin Rabbani is expected to travel to Pakistan soon to resume discussions on the Afghan reconciliation process.
    Rabbani, who heads the Afghan High Peace Council, twice put off his scheduled trip to Pakistan in August owing to tensions over cross-border raids and Islamabad’s reluctance to release key Taliban leaders.
    However, after months of quiet diplomacy, the two neighbours have agreed to revive discussions, the official added.
    When contacted, foreign ministry spokesperson Moazzam Ali Khan confirmed to The Express Tribune that Afghan delegation led by Rabbani is expected to visit Pakistan shortly.
    This will be the top Afghan interlocutor’s first trip to Pakistan since he was appointed head of the council following the killing of his father and predecessor Burhanuddin Rabbani in September last year.
    Burhanuddin’s assassination led to a suspension of talks between the two countries with Kabul publicly pointing fingers at Pakistan’s top spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), for being behind the murder — a charge it strongly denies.
    However, both sides decided to resume discussions when Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf visited Kabul and held talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
    Until now the two countries were struggling to put the process back on track because of tensions on several issuess.
    The official revealed that the high-powered Afghan delegation will meet the country’s top civil and military leadership to discuss various options including how the process of Afghan reconciliation can be expedited.
    Afghan authorities have publicly held Islamabad responsible for the slow progress towards reconciliation because, according to them, it did little to reach out to Taliban’s senior leaders, who Kabul says are based in Pakistan.
    Pakistan maintains that it is doing whatever it can to help the Afghan government in reaching out to insurgents. But officials said Kabul was yet to come up with a clear list of demands.
    Meanwhile, speaking to reporters in his weekly briefing, Foreign Office Spokesman Khan said Pakistan hoped that the Afghan government as well as the US-led Isaf will take action against Mullah Fazllullah, who is currently hiding in Afghanistan.
    “We have shared dossiers on Fazlullah both with the Afghan government as well as Isaf. We are intensively engaging both sides to take care of this issue,” he added.
    The spokesman said Pakistan will host a regional conference next week to discuss measures aimed at addressing challenges posed by illicit drug production, demand and trafficking.

    Pakistan, Afghanistan to revive talks with Taliban – The Express Tribune
     
  2. SamranAli

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    didnt US finished just every taliban??? 11 year and at the end of day hold talks.
     
  3. Sher Malang

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    If in any way Pakistan becomes the key partner to bring peace in Afghanistan all the hates and distrust Afghans have against Pakistan will be forgotten, Afghans know the price of peace and they will cherish it - I hope the discussion ends in favor of both countries.
     
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    That is based upon the assumption that Afghans are

    1. Faithful people
    2. Don't have tribal infighting
    3. Are not involved in smuggling and everything illegal.
    4. Are cultured and educated people
    5. Shia Iran has long interest in the northern people.

    As long as above are not met, there can be no solution.
     
  5. Sher Malang

    Sher Malang SENIOR MEMBER

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    Aren't you talking on behalf of your second flag under your avatar?

    In all of the above Pakistan is way too far from us! good examples are everywhere around you try to find them first!
     
  6. Rusty

    Rusty SENIOR MEMBER

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    The problem is Afghanistan cannot keep its house in order and Pakistan has historically payed the price.
    We cannot afford to simply walk away, we need to make sure Afghanistan is in a position where terrorist, drugs and guns are not exported to Pakistan.
     
  7. Sher Malang

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    Guns and terrorists? do we have a gun market or madrasas to produce jihadis? both are in Pakistan and Pakistani government is not doing a damn to counter smuggling of guns, wheat, cattle, terrorists into Afghanistan - prove me wrong here!

    We brought the ruskies and you brought the yankies actually no one is ready to make things in order! we have to come to a mutual understanding to resolve all the issues and it's a perfect time when Pakistan can score 10s of points in a single move!
     
  8. Sinnerman108

    Sinnerman108 SENIOR MEMBER

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    Wrong again.

    It is just that Saudi Arabia has been media glamorized as Anti Shia.
    Fact of the matter is that indegenous Pakistanis are not too pro Shia ( pinch of salt).

    Shia religion is Anti Islam, and there is no way they will not clash if left alone.

    Oh, You should not have said that !
     
  9. Sher Malang

    Sher Malang SENIOR MEMBER

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    Ok can't take a Shia Sunni fight here with you because I will be defeated as I am not a Shia - we were actually talking about peace so if you have something we can continue the discussion.
     
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    You don't need market, Afghanistan already have various training camps for them at their who do supply vast amount of guns to Talibs, This trend of smuggling of cattles have decreased comparitively in this year, and the result is in form maintained prices of cattles during Eid, I hope it will decrease bit more, but expecting it near to zero couldn't be possible in reality, that rising tension on bordar also have gone in our way and have helped to decrease this smuggling trend.

    expecting mutual understanding from afghans is not possible in real world. you better understands your nature of full with poisonous haterd.