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Afghan security bosses in contact with Taliban despite deadliest bombing

Afghan security bosses in contact with Taliban despite deadliest bombing

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Feb 13, 2018 - 18:02

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok) Top Afghan government security bosses have conducted two tracks of talks with the Talibaninfo-icon despite a month of brutal bombing and US president’s rejection of talks with the Taliban, an international media report has claimed.

Hundreds people were killed and scores injured in series of bombing in capital Kabul and other parts of Afghanistaninfo-icon recently which sparked domestic and global condemnation and anger.

The Associated Press (AP) has claimed that Afghanistan’s intelligence chief Masoom Stanikzai and its National Security Chief Mohammed Hanif Atmar continued to each talk separately to the Taliban, say those familiar with the backdoor negotiations.

The problem, however, is that neither is talking to the other or to the High Peace Councilinfo-icon, which was created by the government to talk peace with the Taliban, they said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the contacts.

Qader Shah, spokesman for the National Security Council (NSC), strongly rejected the AP report and termed it far from reality.

He said the NSC under the leadership of Presidential Palace fully supported efforts of the High Peace Council (HPC) for reconciliation.

Shah said Peace was the highest demand of the people of Afghanistan and it was one of government most important target to achieve. National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar often shared the issue with the people.

“We hope the media will make their reporting with complete accuracy and authenticity,” Said Qader Shah.

The United States has unleashed heavier air power against the Taliban and other militants. After the string of Taliban attacks in recent weeks, Trump angrily condemned the group. “We don’t want to talk with the Taliban,” he said. “There may be a time but it’s going to be a long time.”

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