Haqqanis, Quetta Shura key to talks success: Asif
KABUL (Pajhwok: Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has said that talks with Taliban would be successful only if the Haqqani Network (HN) and Quetta Shura become part of the process, media reports.
In his interview with the BBC, Asif said that Pakistan was making efforts afresh to get talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Asif said Pakistan was playing a positive role in reconciliation efforts adding that the possible talks would not be successful unless all the factions of the Taliban, including the Haqqani Network and the Quetta Shura, were included in it.
He termed it useless to keep any of the groups away from these talks. Pakistan would perform its positive role in restoring peace and bringing reconciliation between the Afghan government and the Taliban through dialogue and would perform a constructive role wherever a need was felt for it, he pledged.
To a question as to when these talks would start, he confirmed that the process of contacts had been initiated. However, it was a sensitive issue and he would be careful about assumptions and said that it was their utmost desire to bring all of them to the negotiation table. To a question on the Haqqani Network, the defence minister said that Pakistan had never acknowledged this group and wanted its elimination.
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