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Sans ceasefire peace talks have no credibility: HPC

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The High Peace Council (HPC) stressed that peace talks with the Taliban will not be credible without a ceasefire.

The HPC said that peace talks will be credible, only if the agreements reached in the first round of talks between the government and the Taliban are implemented.

Maulvi Shahzada Shahid, spokesman for the HPC, told Radio Azadi that during the first round of peace talks it was agreed upon that efforts will be made to build confidence. “To build trust, a ceasefire should be announced, prisoners should be released and their names should be removed from blacklist,” he said.

He added that the HPC wants the peace parleys with the Taliban to be credible, which is impossible without a ceasefire.

This comes at a time that a number of Pakistani media outlets reported that both sides, the Afghan government and the Taliban, will agree on a ceasefire during the second round of peace talks.

The first ever direct peace talks between the government and the Taliban held around three weeks ago in the town of Murree, a hill resort on the outskirts of Islamabad.

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