Taliban delegation to arrive for talks on Afghan peace process
Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi welcomes a Taliban delegation to Islamabad earlier this year.–File photo
A delegation of the Afghan Taliban from the political office of the movement based in Doha, Qatar, will arrive in Pakistan on Sunday night to discuss the Afghan peace process with the Pakistani leadership.
According to the sources, the Taliban delegation led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar left the Qatari capital Doha for Islamabad on Sunday evening. The Taliban delegation is visiting Pakistan on the invitation of Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. In talks with the Pakistani leadership, the Taliban delegation would focus on reconciliation among the warring factions in Afghanistan.
Earlier this month, Qureshi had said that collective efforts of all stakeholders played a critical role in the success of the Afghan peace process. In a tweet on August 9, Qureshi said, “Our collective efforts have so far succeeded in advancing Afghan peace process to current unprecedented point. All stakeholders must ensure residual issues resolved to commence Intra-Afghan negotiations w/out delay. The imp of seizing this historic opp cannot be stressed enough.”