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Pakistan to host talks for reviving Afghan peace process

A Four-nation Conference On Afghan Reconciliation Process Will Be Held Here Tomorrow To Explore Ways To Create A Consensus For Talks Between The Taliban And The Afghan Government.

PTI | Updated on: 10 Jan 2016, 10:55:32 PM

Islamabad:

A four-nation conference on Afghan reconciliation process will be held here tomorrow to explore ways to create a consensus for talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government.

The Foreign Office announced that the first meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Committee will be held her tomorrow.

“Representatives of Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and the US will participate in the preparatory talks,” an official said yesterday.

Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz will address the opening session, it said.

The group was set up last year to facilitate the reconciliation in the war-torn country.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan hoped that Pakistan will present a list of Taliban willing to negotiate with Kabul at a meeting this week aimed at reviving the Afghan peace process, Dawn reported.

Javid Faisal, deputy spokesman for Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, said today that Pakistan’s list will include Taliban who do and do not want talks with Kabul.

Faisal said Pakistan has agreed to cut off financial support to Taliban fighters based in Pakistani cities.

He said insurgents based in Pakistan would not be allowed to resettle in Afghanistan.

The Express Tribune reported that Taliban were not ready for talks with Kabul government as they believe that it was useless to hold peace parleys with “powerless” administration.

Officials said that insurgents were just playing to the gallery as they publically do not endorse talks with the government.

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First Published : 10 Jan 2016, 10:53:00 PM

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