• publish: 28 February 2016
  • time: 11:54 am
  • category: Politics
  • No: 3482
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Afghan govt asked Pakistan to bring 10 influential Taliban figures to talks

The Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) has given a task to Pakistan to bring 10 influential Taliban figures for the upcoming direct peace talks with the Afghan government.

An Afghan government official privy of the development has told Radio Free Europe (RFE) that the 10 influential Taliban figures have been identified by the Afghan government.

The official speaking on the condition of anonymity further added that leaders of the Haqqani network were also among those influential leaders.

No further details have been given regarding the identities of the senior Taliban figures the Afghan government is keen to bring to negotiations table.

The first round of direct peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban group is expected to take place in the first week of March.

Pakistan has offered to host the first round of direct talks between the Afghan government and Taliban representatives following the conclusion of the fourth round of Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) meeting on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the representatives of Taliban in Qatar have said they are “unaware of plans for talks” and that they had not changed its preconditions for joining the peace process.

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