US-Taliban talks will be affected if India ‘acts irresponsibly over Pulwama attack’

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 KABUL: Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan said on Tuesday that peace talks between the United States and Afghan Taliban would be affected if India resorted to violence against Pakistan in response to a deadly bombing in occupied Kashmir.

The remarks by Zahid Nasrullah come as tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours has risen sharply over the killing 40 Indian paramilitary police in a suicide bomb attack reportedly claimed by  Jaish-e-Mohammad.

US envoys say Pakistan has an important role to play in the Afghan peace effort.

Taliban representatives are due to meet US special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in Qatar on February 25 in the next round of talks to end America’s longest war.