Afghan Taliban delegation arrives in Pakistan

Afghan Taliban delegation arrives in Pakistan

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Islamabad:  A delegation of the Afghan Taliban’s led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has arrived in Islamabad today (Monday).

It is understood that the delegation has arrived in Pakistan from Doha.

As per the statement issued on Sunday, Foreign Office spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry said that the Afghan Taliban delegation is coming to Pakistan at the invitation of Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

The delegation will hold talks with Pakistani leaders on the process of reconciliation in Afghanistan.

Taliban spokesperson Sohail Shaheen confirmed the visit on Twitter and said that Mullah Baradar will lead the delegation to Pakistan at the invitation of the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He wrote in a tweet that as part of the organization’s political strategy, officials from the Islamic emirate regularly visit other countries in the world to express their views on the peace process.

In early February, the United States and the Taliban signed a landmark agreement that set a timetable for a total withdrawal from Afghanistan within 14 months, as it seeks to withdraw from the longest war in history.

The agreement is expected to lead to a dialogue between the Taliban and the Kabul government. If the dialogue is successful, it will eventually end the 18-year-old conflict.

Mullah Baradar, the Taliban transformed from a fighter jet to a dealer, and Washington’s chief negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad signed an agreement on a gilded desk in a conference room in a luxury hotel in Doha .

The pair then shook hands, as people in the room shouted “Allahu Akbar”.

In the agreement signed in Doha, leaders from Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan attended the meeting, which will pave the way for the United States to gradually withdraw its troops.

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