KABUL – Pakistan’s largest English daily reports that the Afghan Taliban have signalled through the Pakistani military that they are willing to open peace talks.
It states that “their negotiators would hold the first round of peace talks with US officials in Qatar later on Thursday, although no comment was immediately available from US or Qatari officials.”
It refers a telephonic talk “The first session will take place today in Qatar and then there would be another session on Friday. Let us see what happens as talks before did not yield any results.”
Talking about a diplomatic solution of the problem it stated that “Bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table would be a major breakthrough in Afghan efforts to find a diplomatic solution to more than a decade of war following the withdrawal of most US-led troops last year.”
The newspaper also gave an international media outlet’s name which also reported the same as it refers “They have expressed their willingness and there will be progress in March. But these things are not so quick and easy,” the official, who is close to Pakistan’s powerful army chief, told an international news agency on condition of anonymity.
“But there are very clear signals … and we have communicated it to the Afghans. Now many things are with the Afghans and they are serious,” the official said.
The official said, however, there was no firm timetable for the talks. Other Taliban representatives had earlier denied they were willing to hold direct negotiations.
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