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Pakistan facilitating efforts for peaceful solution in Afghanistan: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Dr. Mohammad Faisal on Thursday said, "Pakistan is facilitating efforts for a peaceful solution in Afghanistan." In a statement on Twitter, the spokesperson stressed that Pakistan believes that an intra-Afghan dialogue is the only way to a successful negotiated settlement." https://twitter.com/ForeignOfficePk/status/1083237614113705984 It is worth mentioning that during an interview to BBC a day earlier, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s special envoy, Mohammad Omar Daudzai…

Taliban seek image makeover as Afghan peace talks gain momentum

KABUL/PESHAWAR: As moves toward peace pick up in Afghanistan, the Taliban are trying to show they have changed since the brutal days of the 1990s when they banned music and girls’ education and carried out public executions in Kabul’s football stadium. “If peace comes and the Taliban return, then our return will not be in the same harsh way as it was in 1996,” Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told Reuters, referring to the year they took over in Kabul before their ouster by US-led troops in 2001. “We want to assure…

Afghan Taliban say will meet US officials in UAE today

Representatives from the Afghan Taliban will meet US officials in the United Arab Emirates on Monday, the movement’s main spokesman said as diplomatic moves toward agreeing to the basis for talks to end the 17-year war in Afghanistan continue. Zabihullah Mujahid said representatives from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the UAE would also take part in the meeting, which follows at least two meetings between Taliban officials and US special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in Qatar. He made the announcement in a statement on…

US welcomes Pakistan cooperation in peace talks with Taliban

WASHINGTON: The United States has welcomed Pakistan's cooperation to promote peace talks between Afghan government and the Taliban, a media report said on Monday. The US acknowledgement came after Prime Minister Imran Khan earlier announced that Pakistan had arranged a round of talks between the US and Taliban officials. The PM however did not say anything about the venue. A spokesperson of the US embassy has said that US special representative Zalmay Khalilzad had met all the sides of Afghan problem and will hold…

Foreign secretary leads delegation for Afghan peace talks in Oman

MUSCAT: A delegation of Pakistan, led by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua, is participating in the sixth quadrilateral meeting on Afghanistan peace process that has begun on Monday in Oman’s capital city of Muscat. The Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) comprises Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, and the United States. The four-nation moot, that has begun today, aims to revive talks with the Taliban to bring a negotiated peace settlement in the war-torn country. Earlier, the Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson had…