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Govt stance on QCG unchanged, says Hashami

Govt stance on QCG unchanged, says Hashami

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May 14, 2016 - 19:50

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Afghan government has not changed its stance on the four-way talks aimed at reviving peace talks between the Kabul administration and the Talibaninfo-icon, an official said on Saturday.

The Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) involving Afghanistaninfo-icon, Pakistaninfo-icon, the US and China in its fourth meeting had invited the Taliban to attend peace talks with the Afghan government in the first week of March.

The meeting asked Pakistan to bring the insurgents to the negotiation table, but Islamabad failed to do so, prompting the Afghan government to boycott future meetings of the group and to announce it was not expecting Pakistan to bring the Taliban to the table of talks.

Presidential spokesman Syed Zafar Hashami said the talks with the Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistan delegation were ongoing at good pace. But such talks were complex and people should understand the nature of complexity in the process, he said.

The presidential spokesman said the government had earlier made its stance clear on the peace process that every armed group would be welcomed for talks who were ready to renounce violence, but those hell bent on fighting and violence would be crushed.

To a question about corruption, he said the unity government had reopened some corruption cases and made achievements.

He said the government had brought some corrupt individuals to justice about whom nobody could think they would be prosecuted.

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