KABUL: Former ISI chief arrived in Kabul on Tuesday at the helm of the Pakistani delegation.
General Faiz Hameed, former director of Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence and current commander of Pakistan Army Corps in Peshawar, has reportedly held talks with the representatives of the banned terror group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), according to media reports.
According to Al Jazeera’s the Middle East and South Asia reporter Sadaf Chaudhry, who tweeted that General Faiz Hameed “has arrived in the Kabul Serena hotel lobby.”
Faiz’s visit to Kabul was confirmed by several Indian media outlets, who also reported that Pakistan and the Tehreek-e-Taliban (Pakistani Taliban) are starting peace talks.
Since the return of the Taliban to power in Kabul, there has been an increase in terrorist attacks targeting Pakistani security forces, which ran counter-intuitive to Pakistan’s expectations. This year alone, over 120 Pakistani security officials, including officers, have been killed in attacks mostly carried out by the outlawed TTP.
According to Pakistani military sources, Pakistani Taliban and security officers have been residing at Serena Hotel in Kabul since Wednesday.
General Faiz Hameed is making his second trip to Afghanistan since the Taliban seized power on August 15. He arrived in Kabul on September 5 last year at the Taliban’s official invitation.