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Pakistan main obstacle to peace process: Meshrano Jirga

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AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: First Deputy Chairman of the Meshrano Jirga (Senate) Farhad Sakhi said on Tuesday that Pakistan was the main obstacle in front of direct peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban.

“Pakistan does not want a peaceful Afghanistan and the country will never stop its interference in Afghanistan’s affairs. This country prevents Taliban from joining peace talks,” he said.

Recently reports emerged that Pakistan has issued a stark warning to the Afghan Taliban over being sidelined from the Taliban’s secret talks with the government.

The Associated Press citing two Taliban officials reported that Islamabad has told the Taliban to either include Pakistan in the negotiations or have all the top Taliban leaders leave the country with their families.

A number of senators asked if Taliban is independent, how their delegations have travelled to Pakistan to brief about their secret talks with Kabul.

“Unfortunately, Taliban are travelling to Pakistan to brief the country about their secret talks with the government. It is clear they are not independent,” another senator Mohammad Alam Ayzadyar said.

Meanwhile, recently the former head of the Taliban’s Doha office, Muhammad Tayyab Agha urged Taliban’s new leader to leave Pakistan and break ties with Islamabad in a letter.

“Pakistan directs interfere in Afghanistan’s affair. They are not allowing the Taliban militants to resume direct talks with government,” another senator Jumauddin Gianoul claimed.