A delegation of the Taliban political commission headed by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday morning. Kabul hopes that the Taliban delegation’s visit to Islamabad will be a practical and constructive step towards achieving the desired goals.
The Taliban delegation met with Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmoud Qureshi and is expected to meet PM Imran Khan later today.
Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the visit of 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.
“Pakistan will continue to support an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement for durable peace, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan and the region,” the statement said.
Afghanistan’s Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, in a statement said that the Taliban delegation was a planned, official visit and the Afghan government had been made aware of the trip.
Afghanistan considers the visit part of Pakistan’s efforts to aid the Afghan peace process.
According to the statement, the Taliban’s delegation visit from Pakistan is related to the recent visit of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to Afghanistan.
“Kabul hopes that Taliban delegation’s visit to Islamabad would be a practical and constructive step towards achieving the desired goals,” the statement added.