Pakistani PM Imran meets Taliban delegation in Islamabad


KABUL: Pakistani Prime Minister in a meeting with the Taliban delegation reiterates that Doha’s negotiations offer Afghan leaders a historic opportunity to bring long-lasting peace and stability in the country.

A delegation from Doha-based Taliban’s Political Commission arrived on Tuesday in Islamabad on a three-day visit to the country and met the prime minister on Friday.

During the meeting, Imran Khan voiced grave concern over the high level of violence in Afghanistan and called for all sides to control the violence and thereby pave the ground for a ceasefire.

He pledged his country’s consistent support to an inclusive, broad-based, and comprehensive political settlement in Afghanistan, stressing the need to be vigilant about the role of spoilers, who continued to make efforts to derail the Afghan peace process.

The Taliban visit comes at the invitation of Pakistan, supposedly part of Islamabad’s efforts to reach out to all Afghan stakeholders for a peaceful settlement of the war.

The Afghan negotiating sides are on a break from the intra-Afghan talks in Doha until Jan 05, and this is the second time the insurgents are visiting Pakistan to discuss Afghan peace with the country. The last foray came in August, right before the start of face-to-face discussions with the republican negotiating team.