A delegation of the Afghan Taliban’s political office will meet Prime Minister Imran Khan and other top officials in Islamabad during a three-day visit as part of Pakistan’s policy to reach out to key Afghan parties in the Afghan peace process.
According to the details, Mullah Baradar Akhund, head of the Taliban’s political office will lead the delegation.
The Foreign Office Spokesperson said 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 this year.
He said Pakistan will continue to support an inclusive, broad-based, and comprehensive political settlement for durable peace, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan and the region.
It is pertinent to mention here that this is the third visit of Mullah Baradar to Pakistan and the latest trip comes as the Taliban and Afghan government took a 20-day break in their talks taking place in Doha.
After months of negotiations, the two sides recently agreed on the rules of engagements for the next phase of talks on the political future of Afghanistan and the comprehensive ceasefire.
The visit of the Taliban delegation comes two days after Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special representative for Afghanistan visited Islamabad and met Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
According to the Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR), regional security situation, the Afghan peace process with particular reference to border management and way forward for lasting peace in Afghanistan were discussed during the meeting.
“The visiting dignitary appreciated Pakistan’s untiring efforts for facilitating the process towards the mutual objective of peace in the region,” the military media wing added.