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Zakhilwal wants Pakhtun leaders to back Afghan peace parleys

Zakhilwal wants Pakhtun leaders to back Afghan peace parleys

Dec 23, 2016 - 10:22

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Afghan ambassador has launched a push to win support from Pakistaninfo-icon’s Pakhtun politicians for overcoming the increasing trust deficit between the neighbours.

In a string of consultations, Dr. Omar Zakhilwal senior Pakhtuns leaders at his official residence in Islamabad and later visited Akora Khattak to meet Maulana Samiul Haq, the chief of Jamiat Ulemainfo-icon-e-Islam-Sami (JUI-S).

The Express Tribune reported on Friday that Zakhilwal, who is also President Ashraf Ghani’s special envoy to Pakistan, asked his interlocutors to help defuse tensions between the two countries.

He urged Samiul Haq, commonly dubbed as Talibaninfo-icon’s father, to support the intra-Afghan peace parleys. Haq was asked to exercise his influence over the Taliban, most of whom have graduated from his seminary.

Zakhilwal also met Mehmood Khan Achakzai and Senator Usman Kakar of the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, Aftab Khan Sherpao of the Qaumi Watan Party, Ghulam Ahmed Bilour and Afrasiab Khattak of the ANP, Sirajul Haq, Shahraz Khan and Bakhtyar Maani of Jamaat-i-Islami.

The newspaper said JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who remained absent from the recent round of discussions, would be invited to attend the next meeting to be hosted by Aftab Sherpao in Islamabad.

One unnamed official told the daily Pakistani leaders suggested former President Hamid Karzai should visit Pakistan as a confidence-building measure. The diplomat reportedly agreed with the proposal.


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