Pak making efforts to bring Afghan Taliban back on talks table, Aziz tells Senate

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Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Tuesday informed the Senate that efforts were being made for resumption of reconciliation talks between the Afghan Taliban and Afghan government.

The adviser said the announcement about Mullah Omar’s death had caused suspension of the talks. He stated that now Mullah Omar’s son, Mullah Yaqoob, had himself confirmed that his father had never left Afghanistan, died of tuberculosis and hepatitis and was buried in Afghanistan.

Responding to a question regarding the resumption of the stalled dialogue process, Aziz said it now depends on the Afghan government, and they can resume the process if they are willing to.

Earlier in July, the leadership of the Afghan Taliban had disassociated itself from a process Pakistan had been facilitating to encourage the group’s dialogue with the government of Afghanistan for peace and reconciliation.