Taliban delegation arrives in Pakistan to discuss peace, mutual ties


KABUL: Taliban and Pakistani foreign ministry on Wednesday said that a delegation of the group led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is scheduled to arrive in Islamabad on a two-day visit to discuss the Afghan peace process and mutual interests.

According to Geo TV, a Pakistani news outlet, the Taliban would meet with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and the country’s foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Quraishi, from December 16 to December 18.

Pakistani foreign ministry said that the Taliban’s trip to the country was part of Pakistan’s policy to facilitate intra-Afghan talks between negotiating parties.

“The visit of the Taliban Political Commission delegation is part of Pakistan’s policy to reach out to key Afghan parties in the Afghan peace process with a view to facilitating the Intra-Afghan Negotiations that commenced in Doha on 12 September 2020,” the source said.

Taliban confirmed its delegation’s visit to the neighboring country and said their trip was aimed at discussing mutual interests and refugees’ problems.

“Today (Tuesday), a high-level delegation led by Mullah Baradar Akhund, Political Deputy and Head of the PO, IEA, left for Islamabad at the official invitation of neighboring country Pakistan. The delegation will hold talks with Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi,” the Taliban’s political office’s spokesman, Mohammad Naeem, said in a Tweet Tuesday.

The delegation will discuss issues of mutual interest, particularly problems of refugees, and facilitation of Afghan’s movement to Pakistan, as well as the problems of Afghan traders, are going to be tabled for discussion.