Pakistan sets stage for revival of peace talks between US-Afghan Taliban in Islamabad

A 12-member high-level delegation of the Afghan Taliban, led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar arrived in Islamabad on Thursday to meet the Pakistani leadership and seek ways to re-initiate peace dialogue with the US administration.

The Taliban delegation is also expected to meet Imran Khan, which is being seen as an establishment of Pakistan’s importance and undeniable role in the US-Afghan dialogue process. (File image

Pakistan has started playing its role in mediating and facilitating a restart to the peace talks between the Taliban and the United States (US administration. A delegation of the Afghan Taliban is in Islamabad to meet the Prime Minister Imran Khan leadership.

US President Donald Trump pulled out of the peace dialogue with the Taliban after an attack in Kabul, claimed the life of an American soldier.

A 12-member high-level delegation of the Afghan Taliban, led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar arrived in Islamabad on Thursday to meet the Pakistani leadership and seek ways to re-initiate peace dialogue with the US administration.

The Afghan delegation arrived at the Pakistan Foreign Office to meet the Pakistani delegation led by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

Pakistan maintained its desire to see peace in Afghanistan and a resolution to the conflict through dialogue.

The Taliban delegation is also expected to meet Prime Minister Imran Khan, which is being seen as an establishment of Pakistan’s importance and undeniable role in the US-Afghan dialogue process, making its presence much more important for Donald Trump.

On the other hand, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, is also in Islamabad along with his delegation and is expected to have the first-ever meeting with the Taliban since the talks were cancelled.

Khalilzad has had extensive meetings with the Pakistani leadership, discussing the importance of ensuring peace in Afghanistan and an end to the conflict through the phase-wise withdrawal of the US forces.