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Sherpao fears Mansour’s killing to hamper QCG efforts

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) Chairman, Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, told newsmen in Charsadda district that Kabul-Islamabad relations may become more inauspicious after the killing of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor.

Mansour was killed in a US drone strike on May 21 in Pakistani province of Balochistan.

Sherpao said that killing of Taliban leader added fuel to fire, as it could bring negative impacts on the upcoming Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG)’s meeting. “To me, there is no ray of hope emerging from QCG to help resolve the Afghan peace settlement following the killing of Mullah Mansoor,” Aftab Sherpao hinted.

Emphasising on the unity of the Pakhtuns, Aftab Sherpao said that the entire nation was waiting for the report of the FATA Reforms Committee to decide the fate of people of FATA. He added that in order to make the voice of the Pakhtuns stronger; FATA should be merged into KP province in order to bring the tribesmen into mainstreaming.

Sherpao comments regarding QCG meeting comes after the fifth session of the quadrilateral talks between Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States were held in Islamabad on 18 May.

The United States killed Taliban leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor in a drone strike, on May 21, three days after QCG meeting, aimed at convincing the Taliban group to come to the table of talks with the Afghan government.

 

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