Pakistan hosts Afghan Taliban delegation lead by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar

Pakistan on Monday, welcomed a senior Afghan Taliban delegation lead by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar – the head of the Afghan Taliban’s political office in Doha.

Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry – Foreign Office Spokesperson, on Sunday conformed that a senior Afghan Taliban delegation is scheduled for Pakistan’s visit on the invitation of Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

Afghan Taliban spokesperson – Suhail Shaheen, took to social media to confirm the departure of Afghan Taliban delegation for Pakistan to hold talks with Pakistani officials.

“A high-level delegation led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Political Deputy-Amir,  IEA and Director of the Political Office, left for Pakistan at the invitation of Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry,” he tweeted.

The Islamic Emirate as per its political policy pays visits to regional and world’s countries from time to time for furthering positive relations and conveying its views and stance to the world about the peace process, the statement added.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in a press-briefing on Monday (today) revealed that he is scheduled to meet the Afghan Taliban delegation tomorrow (Tuesday).

The development comes as earlier, Afghan Loya Jirga approved the prisoners release clause of the US-Taliban peace deal which oversaw the release of 400 Taliban prisoners.

The visit comes as Pakistan has been a key facilitator in US driven Afghan peace process to end the 18-year long conflict and ensure a lasting ceasefire and political stability in the war-torn country.