Pakistan Senate chief seeks briefing on Omar's death, peace talks
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani asked the prime minister’s adviser on foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz, to take the upper house into confidence about questions related to the death of Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar as well as the fate of the stalled Afghan reconciliation talks, Pakistani media reports.
Senator Rabbani, the Express Tribune reports issued instructions for a briefing by Sartaj Aziz a few days after his colleague in the upper house, Farhatullah Babar, had demanded a clear-cut statement over the death of Taliban’s top leader.
Though the Afghan government claimed that Pakistan had informed it about the death of Mullah Omar, there was no official response from Islamabad.
Similarly, he said that though Pakistan had brokered the recent Afghan-Taliban peace talks, the authorities were reticent about its role earlier. He called upon the government to take the house into confidence about the negotiations.
During the proceedings, the Senate witnessed an exchange of harsh words between chairman Rabbani and Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal who was trying to convince his fellow senators not to discuss the issues that damage the country’s image.
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