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Unaware any Afghan Taliban delegation came to Pakistan, says Aziz

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Saturday said he was “not mindful” if any appointment of the Afghan Taliban had as of late come to Pakistan in connection to peace chats with the administration in Kabul.

Aziz’s announcement comes as news reports cited authorities as saying that three senior Afghan Taliban individuals flew out to Pakistan this week and held a progression of gatherings with Pakistani authorities in Islamabad, chiefly to brief them about the late talks held in Qatar between the Afghan Taliban and Kabul.

A report by the Associated Press cited the Afghan represetative to Pakistan Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, an anonymous Pakistani authority and a senior Taliban official as knowing about the gatherings. Aziz today said: “Assignments continue coming, they have come in the past however at this moment there is no affirmation on the matter.”

He said everybody was striving for peace in Afghanistan and if there is accord on the most proficient method to take the discourse forward, the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) – the four-country bunch working for compromise in Afghanistan – could be drawn nearer.

Whenever inquired as to whether he saw the Afghan Taliban turning into a part of the legislature in Kabul later on, Aziz said that remaining parts to be seen, including that a great deal of steps will must be taken before that stage could be come to.

Addressing the Associated Press, Afghan envoy to Pakistan, Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, said he knew about the gatherings held for the current week however declined to offer points of interest. As indicated by a senior Taliban official, the Taliban who were sent to Pakistan were Mullah Salam Hanifi and Mullah Jan Mohammed, both previous priests in the Taliban government, and Maulvi Shahabuddin Dilawar, a previous envoy to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

In the interim, a senior Pakistani security official affirmed the most recent gatherings between the Afghan Taliban and Pakistani powers, saying Islamabad was assuming its part to guarantee peace in the neighboring nation.